- Interpret is defined as to translate or explain what something means.
An example of interpret is a person using sign language to translate what someone is saying to a deaf person.
An interpreter for the deaf at a church service.
interpret definition by Webster's New World
- to explain the meaning of; make understandable: to interpret a poem
- to translate (esp. oral remarks)
- to have or show one's own understanding of the meaning of; construe: to interpret a silence as contempt
- to bring out the meaning of; esp., to give one's own conception of (a work of art), as in performance or criticism
- to translate (a program in a high-level language) into machine language and execute it, statement by statement: said of an interpreter program
Origin: Middle English interpreten ; from Middle French intepréter ; from Classical Latin interpretari ; from interpres, agent between two parties, broker, interpreter
- interpretable adjective
interpret definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb in·ter·pret·ed, in·ter·pret·ing, in·ter·prets verb, transitive
- To explain the meaning of: interpreted the ambassador's remarks. See Synonyms at explain.
- To conceive the significance of; construe: interpreted his smile to be an agreement; interpreted the open door as an invitation.
- To present or conceptualize the meaning of by means of art or criticism.
- To translate orally.
- To offer an explanation.
- To serve as an interpreter for speakers of different languages.
Origin: Middle English interpreten, from Old French interpreter, from Latin interpretārī, from interpres, interpret-, negotiator, explainer; see per-5 in Indo-European roots.
- in·terˌpret·a·bilˈi·ty, in·terˈpret·a·ble·ness noun
- in·terˈpret·a·ble adjective
interpret - Computer Definition
To run a program one line at a time. Each line of source language is translated into machine language and then executed.