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Princeton's WordNet

  1. translator, transcribernoun

    a person who translates written messages from one language to another

  2. interpreter, translatornoun

    someone who mediates between speakers of different languages

  3. translator, translating programnoun

    a program that translates one programming language into another


  1. translatornoun

    A person who translates text, film or other material into a different natural language.

  2. translatornoun

    One that makes a new version of a source material in a different language or format.

  3. translatornoun

    A language interpreter.

  4. Etymology: From translator, agent noun from perfect passive participle translatus, from transfero, from trans + fero.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Translatornoun

    One that turns any thing into another language.

    Etymology: translateur, old Fr. from translate.

    A new and nobler way thou dost persue,
    To make translations and translators too. John Denham.

    No translation our own country ever yet produced, hath come up to that of the Old and New Testament; and I am persuaded, that the translators of the Bible were masters of an English stile much fitter for that work than any we see in our present writings, the which is owing to the simplicity that runs through the whole. Jonathan Swift.


  1. translator

    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. translator

    A translator is a person or a software that converts written text or spoken words from one language to another. They aim to convey the original message, tone and intent of the content, while accounting for cultural and regional differences between languages. In computing, a translator can also refer to a program that translates code from one programming language to another.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Translatornoun

    one who translates; esp., one who renders into another language; one who expresses the sense of words in one language by equivalent words in another

  2. Translatornoun

    a repeating instrument


  1. Translator

    One who translates textual works from one language to another.

Editors Contribution

  1. translator

    A person with the accurate and specific ability, experience, skills, intuition, knowledge, training, qualifications role, responsibility, work or form of employment to translate.

    There are so many translators around the world in every country providing necessary services.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

  2. translator

    A type of software, app, online website or form of technology created and designed to translate language.

    The online translator is an amazing tool.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 10, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of translator in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of translator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of translator in a Sentence

  1. Microsoft Research:

    This approach allows for a better user experience, as we will not release languages until they meet a certain standard of accuracy, including input from our internal users and partners, we’ll be listening to feedback to determine what platforms are most important to customers, which languages they want to use, and how they plan to use Skype Translator.

  2. Nur Ali:

    So far we know three Turkish engineers and their translator were injured. Two other police men were injured in the blast.

  3. Margo Aaron:

    I’ve always been curious about what makes people tick, what motivates behavior, and why we do the things we do, Aaron told me. After she completed graduate school at Columbia and went into marketing, she became what she calls a defacto translator between academia and the real world. I started my consulting practice shortly thereafter and continued to ‘translate’ psychological research into marketing and eventually business.

  4. Michael Polak:

    She wasn't allowed a lawyer, which is against European law, she didn't have a translator, she was suffering from PTSD.

  5. Edith Hamilton:

    There are few efforts more conducive to humility than that of the translator trying to communicate an incommunicable beauty. Yet, unless we do try, something unique and never surpassed will cease to exist except in the libraries of a few inquisitive book lovers.

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