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interpret
used in Frankenstein

2 meanings, 5 uses
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1  —1 use 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.)
  • They conversed with one another through the means of an interpreter, and sometimes with the interpretation of looks; and Safie sang to him the divine airs of her native country.
    Chapter 14 (54% in)
interpreter = someone who translates language

(Editor's note:  No Fear Shakespeare describes this as "What kind of question is that! If I had a dirty mind...")
There are no more uses of "interpret" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

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2  —4 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
Definition
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
  • Interpret my words with candour and answer me, I conjure you, with confidence and sincerity.
    Chapter 18 (25% in)
interpret = understand
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • And when, on the morrow, she presented Elizabeth to me as her promised gift, I, with childish seriousness, interpreted her words literally and looked upon Elizabeth as mine—mine to protect, love, and cherish.
    Chapter 1 (96% in)
  • interpreted = understood (in a particular way)
  • But I do not pretend that my protestations should acquit me; I rest my innocence on a plain and simple explanation of the facts which have been adduced against me, and I hope the character I have always borne will incline my judges to a favourable interpretation where any circumstance appears doubtful or suspicious.
    Chapter 8 (21% in)
  • interpretation = understanding or explanation
  • They conversed with one another through the means of an interpreter, and sometimes with the interpretation of looks; and Safie sang to him the divine airs of her native country.
    Chapter 14 (54% in)
interpretation = understanding
There are no more uses of "interpret" flagged with this meaning in Frankenstein.

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