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as in:  her interpretation of the data

I don’t know how to interpret her smile.
  to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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  • I don’t know how to interpret her smile.
  • How is the word careless interpreted legally?
  • How did you interpret the last scene of the movie?
  • The two sides disagree on how that clause of the contract should be interpreted.

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  • I like to try to interpret dreams.
  • I prefer interpretive questions to those that merely ask for a fact.
  • She interpreted the verb "judge" as "to pass sentence", but he had meant it as "to discern or to see fine distinctions".
  • "Good men ever interpret themselves too meanly," said the physician.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • [regarding Jim’s dream]  So Jim went to work and told me the whole thing right through, just as it happened, only he painted it up considerable.  Then he said he must start in and "’terpret" it, because it was sent for a warning.
    "Oh, well, that’s all interpreted well enough as far as it goes, Jim," I says; "but..."
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • —you should be women,
    And yet your beards forbid me to interpret
    That you are so.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth

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  • "The king had a dream," said Valentine, "but he forgot what it was, so he told his wise men to interpret the dream or they’d die."
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • Still lost in his cabalistic dreams, Akibe Drummer had discovered a verse in the Bible which, interpreted in terms of numerology, enabled him to predict that the deliverance was due within the coming weeks.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • "Comrade" Lucas was not what is called an educated man; he knew only the Bible, but it was the Bible interpreted by real experience.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • I reached the town at dawn, and encouraged by the returning light, and coffee in a thick white cup, I accepted a hopeful interpretation.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I don’t know if he means that no one can help him, or if I, specifically, can’t help him, but I would not be okay with either interpretation.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "Thy acts are like mercy," said Hester, bewildered and appalled; "but thy words interpret thee as a terror!"
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • The reason for the simplicity isn’t disdain for uniqueness, as the other factions have sometimes interpreted it.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • And never had Hester Prynne appeared more ladylike, in the antique interpretation of the term, than as she issued from the prison.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Certainly there was some deep meaning in it most worthy of interpretation, and which, as it were, streamed forth from the mystic symbol, subtly communicating itself to my sensibilities, but evading the analysis of my mind.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • My former speeches have but hit your thoughts,
    Which can interpret further: only, I say,
    Thing’s have been strangely borne.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Nor have I so read or interpreted Holy Writ, as to understand that the disclosure of human thoughts and deeds, then to be made, is intended as a part of the retribution.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But did your reverence hear of the portent that was seen last night? a great red letter in the sky—the letter A, which we interpret to stand for Angel.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Such helpfulness was found in her—so much power to do, and power to sympathise—that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Interpreting Hester Prynne’s deportment as an appeal of this nature, society was inclined to show its former victim a more benign countenance than she cared to be favoured with, or, perchance, than she deserved.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Nothing was more common, in those days, than to interpret all meteoric appearances, and other natural phenomena that occurred with less regularity than the rise and set of sun and moon, as so many revelations from a supernatural source.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Beyond the shadow of a doubt, this venerable witch-lady had heard Mr. Dimmesdale’s outcry, and interpreted it, with its multitudinous echoes and reverberations, as the clamour of the fiends and night-hags, with whom she was well known to make excursions in the forest.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • No locker room could have more pungent air than Devon’s; sweat predominated, but it was richly mingled with smells of paraffin and singed rubber, of soaked wool and liniment, and for those who could interpret it, of exhaustion, lost hope and triumph and bodies battling against each other.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • There was, perhaps, a fortunate disorder in his utterance, which failed to impart any distinct idea to the good widows comprehension, or which Providence interpreted after a method of its own.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • But, throughout it all, and through the whole discourse, there had been a certain deep, sad undertone of pathos, which could not be interpreted otherwise than as the natural regret of one soon to pass away.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • On the other hand, if wage slavery were abolished, and I could earn some spare money without paying tribute to an exploiting capitalist, then there would be a magazine for the purpose of interpreting and popularizing the gospel of Friedrich Nietzsche, the prophet of Evolution, and also of Horace Fletcher, the inventor of the noble science of clean eating; and...
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The wooden houses, with their jutting storeys and quaint gable-peaks; the doorsteps and thresholds with the early grass springing up about them; the garden-plots, black with freshly-turned earth; the wheel-track, little worn, and even in the market-place margined with green on either side—all were visible, but with a singularity of aspect that seemed to give another moral interpretation to the things of this world than they had ever borne before.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
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