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interpret
used in Moby Dick

2 meanings, 6 uses
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1  —4 uses 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.)
  • To this gentleman, Stubb was now politely introduced by the Guernsey-man, who at once ostentatiously put on the aspect of interpreting between them.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (33% in)
interpreting = translating
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • If American and European men-of-war now peacefully ride in once savage harbors, let them fire salutes to the honour and glory of the whale-ship, which originally showed them the way, and first interpreted between them and the savages.
    Chapters 22-24 — Merry Christmas; The Lee Shore; The Advocate (75% in)
  • interpreted = translated
  • According to this little plan of theirs, the Guernsey-man, under cover of an interpreter's office, was to tell the Captain what he pleased, but as coming from Stubb; and as for Stubb, he was to utter any nonsense that should come uppermost in him during the interview.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (31% in)
  • interpreter = someone who translates language
  • "He wants you to take a glass of wine with him," said the interpreter.
    Chapters 91-93 — The Pequod Meets The Rose-Bud; Ambergris; The Castaway (39% in)
interpreter = someone who translates language
There are no more uses of "interpret" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

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2  —2 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
  • He too has been watching all of these interpreters—myself included—and look now, he comes to read, with that unearthly idiot face.
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (90% in)
interpreters = people who explain things in a particular way (in this case, explain the significance of aspects of the gold coin nailed to the mast)
  • But one morning, turning to pass the doubloon, he seemed to be newly attracted by the strange figures and inscriptions stamped on it, as though now for the first time beginning to interpret for himself in some monomaniac way whatever significance might lurk in them.
    Chapters 97-99 — The Lamp; Stowing Down & Clearing Up; Doubloon (40% in)
interpret = understand (something in a particular way)
There are no more uses of "interpret" flagged with this meaning in Moby Dick.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
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