Definition of Interpret

1. Verb. Make sense of; assign a meaning to. "Sam and Sue interpret the movie "; "How do you interpret his behavior?"




2. Verb. Give an interpretation or explanation to.

3. Verb. Give an interpretation or rendition of. "They will interpret the duet"; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"
Exact synonyms: Render
Category relationships: Performing Arts
Generic synonyms: Do, Execute, Perform
Specialized synonyms: Sing
Derivative terms: Interpretation, Interpretation, Interpretative, Interpreter, Interpretive, Rendering, Rendering, Rendition

4. Verb. Create an image or likeness of. "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

5. Verb. Restate (words) from one language into another language. "He translates for the U.N."
Exact synonyms: Render, Translate
Generic synonyms: Ingeminate, Iterate, Reiterate, Repeat, Restate, Retell
Specialized synonyms: Retranslate, Mistranslate, Gloss, Latinize
Related verbs: Translate
Derivative terms: Interpreter, Interpreter, Translation, Translator, Translator

6. Verb. Make sense of a language. "Can you read Greek?"
Exact synonyms: Read, Translate, Understand
Generic synonyms: Understand
Derivative terms: Understandable

Definition of Interpret

1. v. t. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.

2. v. i. To act as an interpreter.

Definition of Interpret

1. Verb. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied especially to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech. ¹

2. Verb. To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To act as an interpreter. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Interpret

1. [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Literary usage of Interpret

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1. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society Held at Philadelphia for by American Philosophical Society (1921)
"The agencies competent to interpret and apply international law and treaty, ... 41 So Congress has asserted that it alone can interpret responsibilities ..."

2. An exposition of the Creed by John Pearson (1857)
"This exposition hath that great advantage, that he which first mentioned this descent in the Creed, did interpret it of the burial ; and where this Article ..."

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