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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)
  • Given enough time, I can translate, but I'm not fluent enough to interpret for a conversation.
  • interpret = translate
  • Will you use software or a person for interpretation.
  • interpretation = translation
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She is an interpreter who works at the United Nations.
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • She will stand to his left and interpret his speech into sign language.
  • interpret = translate
  • We will each speak in our own language and each bring our own interpreter to minimize confusion.
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • Okeke interpreted wisely to the spirits and leaders of Umuofia: "The white man says he is happy you have come to him with your grievances, like friends."
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
  • interpreted = translated
  • I acted as an interpreter when needed, since my English was better than most of the employees'.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • Then he asked if he could talk to me and began asking questions using Irfan as an interpreter.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • The witnesses were from Venezuela, most did not speak English, and the interpreters were not that fluent.
    John Grisham  --  Sycamore Row
interpreters = people who translate spoken words into another language

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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 did you interpret the last scene of the movie?
  • interpret = understand or explain (in this case, perhaps the meaning or significance of the scene)
  • 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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • How will a court interpret the word careless if there is a lawsuit?
  • interpret = understand (what does it mean exactly?)
  • 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?)
  • She interpreted the verb "judge" as "to pass sentence", but he had meant it as "to discern or to see fine distinctions".
  • interpreted = understood
  • Like so many words, it can be interpreted in two ways:
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • interpreted = understood or explained
  • On the next exam I scored a B, and by the end of the semester I was pulling A's. It was a miracle and I interpreted it as such.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
  • Mrs. Liddell, not hearing this exchange, flashed her daughter a look, which Alice was at a loss to interpret.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
interpret = understand

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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 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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • She won the interpretive dance contest.
  • interpretive = related to expressing personal artistic ideas or feelings while performing (or performing to) someone else's work
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • 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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • I wished I could watch this kind of dancing every day: it was astonishingly expansive, and the big-nosed dancers' artistic interpretations and discipline quickly gained our respect.
    Li Cunxin  --  Mao's Last Dancer
  • interpretations = performances that express personal feelings or ideas
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
  • 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
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • 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
  • Some interpretive dance.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • interpretive = expressing personal artistic ideas while performing another's work
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
  • 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
(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)

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