What does translate mean?

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

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word translate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. translate, interpret, render(verb)

    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, transform(verb)

    change from one form or medium into another

    "Braque translated collage into oil"

  3. understand, read, interpret, translate(verb)

    make sense of a language

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

  4. translate(verb)

    bring to a certain spiritual state

  5. translate(verb)

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

  6. translate(verb)

    be equivalent in effect

    "the growth in income translates into greater purchasing power"

  7. translate(verb)

    be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way

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

  8. translate(verb)

    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. translate(verb)

    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. translate(verb)

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


  1. translate(Noun)

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

  2. translate(Verb)

    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. translate(Verb)

    To have a translation into another language.

  4. translate(Verb)

    To change from one form or medium to another.

    The renowned director could translate experience to film with ease.

  5. translate(Verb)

    To change from one form to another.

  6. translate(Verb)

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

  7. translate(Verb)

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

    The monk translated the holy relics to their new shrine.

  8. translate(Verb)

    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. translate(Verb)

    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. translate(Verb)

    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. translate(Verb)

    To rearrange a song from music genre to another.

  12. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Translate(verb)

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

  2. Translate(verb)

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

  3. Translate(verb)

    to remove to heaven without a natural death

  4. Translate(verb)

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

  5. Translate(verb)

    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. Translate(verb)

    to change into another form; to transform

  7. Translate(verb)

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

  8. Translate(verb)

    to cause to lose senses or recollection; to entrance

  9. Translate(verb)

    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.]

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. Maurice Carroll:

    It’s hurt him. Bad headlines translate into bad polls.

  2. Warren Bennis:

    Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

  3. John Fildes:

    You take that nervousness and you translate it into energy of action.

  4. Cory Booker:

    First of all I want to say: no. I want to translate that into Spanish: No.

  5. sindiswa matyobeni:

    Don’t be quick to translate your desires into plans, leave room for God.

Images & Illustrations of translate

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