What does interpretation mean?

Definitions for interpretation
ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃənin·ter·pre·ta·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interpretation, reading, versionnoun

    a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

  2. rendition, rendering, interpretationnoun

    the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance

    "her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"

  3. interpretationnoun

    an explanation that results from interpreting something

    "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"

  4. interpretation, interpreting, rendition, renderingnoun

    an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious

    "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"


  1. interpretationnoun

    An act of interpreting or explaining what is obscure; a translation; a version; a construction.

    the interpretation of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma.

  2. interpretationnoun

    A sense given by an interpreter; an exposition or explanation given; meaning .

    Commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.

  3. interpretationnoun

    The power of explaining.

  4. interpretationnoun

    An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.

  5. interpretationnoun

    An act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.

  6. interpretationnoun

    An approximation that allows aspects of a mathematical theory to be discussed in ordinary language.

  7. interpretationnoun

    An assignment of a truth value to each propositional symbol of a propositional calculus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Interpretationnoun

    Etymology: interpretation, Fr. interpretatio, Lat. from interpret.

    This is a poor epitome of your's,
    Which, by th' interpretation of full-time,
    May shew like all yourself. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Look how we can, or sad or merrily,
    Interpretation will misquote our looks. William Shakespeare, H. IV.

    If it be obscure or uncertain what they meant, charity, I hope, constraineth no man, which standeth doubtful of their minds, to lean to the hardest and worst interpretation that their words can carry. Richard Hooker.

    The primitive Christians knew how the Jews, who preceded our Saviour, interpreted these predictions, and the marks by which the Messiah would be discovered; and how the Jewish doctors, who succeeded him, deviated from the interpretations of their forefathers. Addison.

    We beseech thee to prosper this great sign, and to give us the interpretation and use of it in mercy. Francis Bacon.


  1. interpretation

    Interpretation refers to the process by which individuals understand, translate or explain concepts, languages, behaviors, events or actions based on their individual knowledge, beliefs, viewpoints or perceptions. It is used in various fields such as arts, literature, law, linguistics, and data analysis to provide or derive meaning or explanation. Interpretation can be subjective, as it greatly relies on an individual's personal understanding and comprehension.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interpretationnoun

    the act of interpreting; explanation of what is obscure; translation; version; construction; as, the interpretation of a foreign language, of a dream, or of an enigma

  2. Interpretationnoun

    the sense given by an interpreter; exposition or explanation given; meaning; as, commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture

  3. Interpretationnoun

    the power or explaining

  4. Interpretationnoun

    an artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature

  5. Interpretationnoun

    the act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. interpretation

    A part of the analysis and production phase in the intelligence process in which the significance of information is judged in relation to the current body of knowledge. See also intelligence process.

Editors Contribution

  1. interpretation

    To interpret a meaning.

    They realized that the questionnaire needed to be simplified to ensure accurate interpretation.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interpretation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2334

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interpretation' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4393

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interpretation' in Nouns Frequency: #860

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpretation in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interpretation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of interpretation in a Sentence

  1. dejan stojanovic:

    Nothing is inanimate; what is the rest is our interpretation.

  2. Nick Kosir:

    It’s not appointment television … We’ll just be right there in your pocket, on your phone. It’s always good to have a meteorologist break down the weather forecast. Every single app can be accurate when you talk about current temperatures but where the discrepancy comes from is long-range forecasts, you can't necessarily rely on other apps for very accurate, long-range forecasts, but you know you need that human interpretation and we're going to be there 24/7 to give you that human interpretation.

  3. Ahmad Majidyar:

    It would more isolate the United States than it would isolate Iran, what I see is a more strict (US) interpretation of the deal and that interpretation will be different than Iran's interpretation.

  4. anonymous:

    Reading music is the skill, while interpretation is the gift.

  5. Jianguo Cheng:

    A problematic interpretation of [ the study findings ] would be : Opioids don't provide any meaningful pain relief, the challenge with that interpretation is it assumes that every patient will get the same amount of pain relief.

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