What does translate mean?

Definitions for translate
trænsˈleɪt, trænz-, ˈtræns leɪt, ˈtrænz-trans·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. translate, interpret, renderverb

    restate (words) from one language into another language

    "I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?"; "She rendered the French poem into English"; "He translates for the U.N."

  2. translate, transformverb

    change from one form or medium into another

    "Braque translated collage into oil"

  3. understand, read, interpret, translateverb

    make sense of a language

    "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"

  4. translateverb

    bring to a certain spiritual state

  5. translateverb

    change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation

  6. translateverb

    be equivalent in effect

    "the growth in income translates into greater purchasing power"

  7. translateverb

    be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way

    "poetry often does not translate"; "Tolstoy's novels translate well into English"

  8. translateverb

    subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body

  9. translateverb

    express, as in simple and less technical language

    "Can you translate the instructions in this manual for a layman?"; "Is there a need to translate the psychiatrist's remarks?"

  10. translateverb

    determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA


  1. translatenoun

    A set of points obtained by adding a given fixed vector to each point of a given set.

  2. translateverb

    To change text (of a book, document, Web site, movie, anime, video game etc.) from one language to another.

    Hans diligently translated the novel from German into English.

  3. translateverb

    To have a translation into another language.

  4. translateverb

    To change from one form or medium to another.

    The renowned director could translate experience to film with ease.

  5. translateverb

    To change from one form to another.

  6. translateverb

    To subject (a body) to translation, i.e., to move a body on a linear path with no rotation.

  7. translateverb

    To move or carry from one place or position to another; to transfer.

    The monk translated the holy relics to their new shrine.

  8. translateverb

    To remove to heaven without a natural death.

    By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him. Heb. xi. 5.

  9. translateverb

    To remove, as a bishop, from one see to another.

    Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, when the king would have translated him from that poor bishopric to a better,...refused. Camden.

  10. translateverb

    To cause to lose senses or recollection; to entrance.

    William was translated by the blow to the head he received, being unable to speak for the next few minutes.

  11. translateverb

    To rearrange a song from music genre to another.

  12. Etymology: translaten from Classical Latin translatus, past participle of transferre, from trans- “across” + latus, "borne", "carried", irregular perfect passive participle of verb ferre “to bear”. Displaced native awenden (from awendan), irecchen (from gereccan), and geþeodan.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Translateverb

    Etymology: translatus, Lat.

    Since our father is translated unto the gods, our will is that they that are in our realm live quietly. 2 Mac. xi. 23.

    By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death. Heb. xi. 5.

    Those argent fields
    Translated saints or middle spirits hold. John Milton.

    Of the same soil their nursery prepare
    With that of their plantation, lest the tree
    Translated should not with the soil agree. Dryden.

    The gods their shapes to winter birds translate,
    But both obnoxious to their former fate. Dryden.

    To go to heaven is to be translated to that kingdom you have longed for; to enjoy the glories of eternity. William Wake.

    Fisher, bishop of Rochester, when the king would have translated him from that poor bishoprick to a better, he refused, saying, he would not forsake his poor little old wife, with whom he had so long lived. William Camden, Remains.

    I will translate the kingdom from the house of Saul, and set up the throne of David. 2 Sam. iii. 10.

    Because of unrighteous dealings the kingdom is translated from one people to another. Ecclus. x. 8.

    Lucian affirms the souls of usurers, after their death, to be metempsychosed, or translated into the bodies of asses, there to remain for poor men to take their pennyworths out of their bones and sides with the cudgel and spur. Henry Peacham.

    As there are apoplexies from inveterate gouts, the regimen must be to translate the morbifick matter upon the extremities of the body. Arbuthnot.

    Perverse mankind! whose wills, created free,
    Charge all their woes on absolute decree;
    All to the dooming gods their guilt translate,
    And follies are miscall’d the crimes of fate. Alexander Pope.

    One do I personate of Timon’s frame,
    Whom fortune with her iv’ry hand wafts to her,
    Whose present grace to present slaves and servants
    Translates his rivals. William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens.

    Happy is your grace,
    That can translate the stubbornness of fortune
    Into so quiet and so sweet a style. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    I can construe the action of her familiar stile, and the hardest voice of her behaviour, to be englished right, is, I am Sir John Falstaff’s.
    —— He hath studied her well, and translated her out of honesty into English. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Nor word for word too faithfully translate. Wentworth Dillon.

    Read this ere you translate one bit
    Of books of high renown. Jonathan Swift.

    Were it meant that in despite
    Of art and nature such dull clods should write,
    Bavius and Mævius had been sav’d by fate
    For Settle and for Shadwell to translate. Richard Duke.

    There’s matter in these sighs, these profound heaves
    You must translate; ’tis fit we understand them. William Shakespeare.


  1. translate

    Translation is the communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text. The English language draws a terminological distinction (which does not exist in every language) between translating (a written text) and interpreting (oral or signed communication between users of different languages); under this distinction, translation can begin only after the appearance of writing within a language community. A translator always risks inadvertently introducing source-language words, grammar, or syntax into the target-language rendering. On the other hand, such "spill-overs" have sometimes imported useful source-language calques and loanwords that have enriched target languages. Translators, including early translators of sacred texts, have helped shape the very languages into which they have translated.Because of the laboriousness of the translation process, since the 1940s efforts have been made, with varying degrees of success, to automate translation or to mechanically aid the human translator. More recently, the rise of the Internet has fostered a world-wide market for translation services and has facilitated "language localisation".


  1. translate

    Translate generally refers to expressing the words or text of one language into another language, maintaining the original meaning as accurately as possible. However, it can also mean to move from one place or condition to another without a change in form or character, such as translating research into practical applications. In the context of geometry, it means moving a shape or object without rotating or changing it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Translateverb

    to bear, carry, or remove, from one place to another; to transfer; as, to translate a tree

  2. Translateverb

    to change to another condition, position, place, or office; to transfer; hence, to remove as by death

  3. Translateverb

    to remove to heaven without a natural death

  4. Translateverb

    to remove, as a bishop, from one see to another

  5. Translateverb

    to render into another language; to express the sense of in the words of another language; to interpret; hence, to explain or recapitulate in other words

  6. Translateverb

    to change into another form; to transform

  7. Translateverb

    to cause to remove from one part of the body to another; as, to translate a disease

  8. Translateverb

    to cause to lose senses or recollection; to entrance

  9. Translateverb

    to make a translation; to be engaged in translation


  1. Translate

    Translate is an album by Sexy Sadie, released in 2006.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Translate

    trans-lāt′, v.t. to remove to another place: to render into another language: to explain: to transfer from one office to another: to transform.—adj. Translā′table, capable of being translated or rendered into another language.—n. Translā′tion, the act of translating: removal to another place: the rendering into another language: a version: (slang) the process of working up new things from old materials: motion free from rotation: the automatic retransmission of a telegraphic message.—adjs. Translā′tional, Trans′lātory.—n. Translā′tor:—fem. Translā′tress. [Fr.,—L. trans, over, ferre, latum, to carry.]

Editors Contribution

  1. translate

    To use the accurate and exact definition and meaning of a specific text or document of a language of a specific country and change it into the accurate and exact definition and meaning of a specific text or document of the language of a specific country using the ability and power of the mind or a form of software or technology.

    They had to translate the company policies into an international language so chose to use an online translation software to do so.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

  2. translateverb

    Transitive information in the form of the indefinite article used before the words source in a language of a state or function. 1.) express the sense of words or text in another language. Be expressed or be capable of being expressed in another language. Convert or be converted into another form or medium. 2.) move from one place or condition to another. Remove a saint's relics to another place.

    Every word has to translate a definition to be meaningful in existence.

    Etymology: Education

    Submitted by Tehorah_Elyon on April 18, 2024  

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'translate' in Verbs Frequency: #686

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of translate in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of translate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of translate in a Sentence

  1. Aaron Fischer:

    We believe it's in the very best interests of the concession holders to demonstrate to the government the significant investment they are making to help diversify the economy towards other forms of entertainment such as theater and cultural activities, these investments should translate into approval for around 400 gaming tables...reasonable considering the capital expenditure investment of between $2.5-4 billion being made by each of the operators.

  2. Nolan Williams Jr.:

    For African Americans in this country, voting is the most effective way for us to effect the change we seek. Given the events of this summer, it is crucial for our community to translate our social protests into political action, health care, fair housing, including equal access to home loans, poverty, the environment, meaningful reforms to our justice system, and improvements in community policing are all issues that make this election uber critical.

  3. Dave Bossie:

    He has to show he can raise money. But at the end of the day he's got to translate grassroots support across the country into votes and that's a tough thing to do.

  4. Cristy Taylor:

    I'm really unsure how these things would translate into being conducted at a police station.

  5. Evelyn Douek:

    It does take time to develop the AI. It does take time to translate the community standards and things like that, but instead of doing that before they enter a market, they tend to do it afterwards once the problems crop up.

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