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interpret
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1  —as in:
interpret Spanish to English
Definition to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
  • Can she interpret Spanish to English for us?
interpret = translate
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She will stand to his left and interpret his speech into sign language.
  • interpret = translate
  • Given enough time, I can translate, but I'm not fluent enough to interpret for a conversation.
  • interpret = translate
  • She is an interpreter who works at the United Nations.
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • Will you use software or a person for interpretation.
  • interpretation = translation
  • We will each speak in our own language and each bring our own interpreter to minimize confusion.
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • The actor Basil Rathbone had admired it so much that with the help of an interpreter the two of them had developed something of a friendship.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • A German officer accompanied by a Hungarian lieutenant interpreter, came up and introduced himself.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • In the morning an interpreter was found, and they were taken and put upon a car, and taught a new word—"stockyards."
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • Signor Pastrini interpreted the question and answer, and the horses galloped off.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
interpreted = translated

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2  —as in:
her interpretation of the data
Definition to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
  • I don't know how to interpret her smile.
interpret = understand (In this case: Why did she smile? What does it mean?)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • How will a court interpret the word careless if there is a lawsuit?
  • interpret = understand (what does it mean exactly?)
  • How did you interpret the last scene of the movie?
  • interpret = understand or explain (in this case, perhaps the meaning or significance of the scene)
  • The two sides disagree on how that clause of the contract should be interpreted.
  • interpreted = understood or explained (In this case, exactly what does it mean in this context?)
  • I like to try to interpret dreams.
  • interpret = understand or explain (In this case, the meaning or significance of the dream.)
  • I prefer interpretive questions to those that merely ask for a fact.
  • interpretive = relating to understanding or explaining something in a particular way
  • She interpreted the verb "judge" as "to pass sentence", but he had meant it as "to discern or to see fine distinctions".
  • interpreted = understood
  • Mr. Wandati did have, for instance, a habit of correcting my manner of speech with an air of superiority that could be interpreted, perhaps not wrongly, as arrogance.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
  • And sometimes people don't know whether to interpret silence as confidence or fear.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • interpret = understand (something in a particular way)
  • [of a particular kind of smile] Its advantage is that men can interpret it however they want; you can imagine how often I've relied on it.
    Arthur Golden  --  Memoirs of a Geisha
interpret = understand the meaning of

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3  —as in:
her musical interpretation
Definition express personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
  • Rather than record the songs herself, she likes to write them and let other musicians interpret them.
interpret = expresses personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing someone else's work
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • She interprets others' music in an original way.
  • interprets = expresses personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
  • The piece was written to be happy, but I completely missed that in her interpretation.
  • interpretation = an artists performance of another artist's work that expresses the performer's feelings or ideas about the work
  • She won the interpretive dance contest.
  • interpretive = related to expressing personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
  • I loved her interpretation of Lady Macbeth.
  • interpretation = an artists performance of another artist's work that expresses the performer's feelings or ideas about the work
  • If I can't do my interpretive dance, I don't want to dance with anyone.
    Edward Albee  --  Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • interpretive = expressing personal artistic ideas while performing another's work
  • He felt as if a polite but insistent stage-manager were attempting to make him give a new interpretation of a part he had conned for years.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • interpretation = an artists performance of another artist's work that expresses the performer's feelings or ideas about the work
  • Some interpretive dance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • interpretive = expressing personal artistic ideas while performing another's work
  • When the concert was over.... The professional elocutionist, Mrs. Evans, came and chatted with her, telling her that she had a charming voice and "interpreted" her selections beautifully.
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • interpreted = expressed personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing someone else's work
  • There was a proper consumption of strong waters all along the line; one man invariably went on the stage highly stimulated, claiming that his particular interpretation of the part required it.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
interpretation = an artists performance of another artist's work that expresses the performer's feelings or ideas about the work

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