- To translate is to convert from one language to another.
When you take text written in Spanish and rewrite it in English, this is an example of a situation where you translate the text.
transitive verbtranslated, translating
- to move from one place or condition to another; transfer; specif.,
- Theol. to convey directly to heaven without death
- Eccles. to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another; also, to move (a saint's body or remains) from one place of interment to another
- to put into the words of a different language
- to change into another medium or form: to translate ideas into action
- to put into different words; rephrase or paraphrase in explanation
- to transmit (a telegraphic message) again by means of an automatic relay
- Archaic to enrapture; entrance
- Cytology to convert into a chain of amino acids forming a specific protein: said of genetic information in the form of messenger RNA
- Mech. to impart translation to
Origin of translateMiddle English translaten ; from Medieval Latin and amp; L: Medieval Latin translatare ; from Classical Latin translatus, transferred, used as past participle of transferre: see transfer
- to make a translation into another language
- to be capable of being translated
verbtrans·lat·ed, trans·lat·ing, trans·lates
- To render in another language: translated the Korean novel into German.
- To express in different, often simpler words: translated the technical jargon into ordinary language.
- a. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform: translate ideas into reality.b. To express in another medium: translated the short story into a movie.
- To transfer from one place or condition to another: “His remains were translated to San Juan de Puerto Rico where they still rest” (Samuel Eliot Morison).
- To forward or retransmit (a telegraphic message).
- a. Ecclesiastical To transfer (a bishop) to another see.b. To convey to heaven without death.
- Physics To subject (a body) to translation.
- Biology To subject (messenger RNA) to translation.
- a. To make a translation.b. To work as a translator.
- To admit of translation: His poetry translates well.
- To be changed or transformed in effect. Often used with into or to: “Today's low inflation and steady growth in household income translate into more purchasing power” (Thomas G. Exter).
Origin of translateMiddle English translaten, from Old French translater, from Latin trānslātus, past participle of trānsferre, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + lātus, brought; see tel&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present translates, present participle translating, simple past and past participle translated)
- To change text (of a book, document, movie, etc.) from one language to another.
- Hans diligently translated the novel from German into English.
- (intransitive) To have a translation into another language.
- That idiom doesn't readily translate.
- "Dog" translates as "chien" in French.
- To change from one form or medium to another.
- The renowned director could translate experience to film with ease.
- (intransitive) To change from one form to another.
- An excellent piece of writing will not necessarily translate well into film.
- His sales experience translated well into his new job as a fund-raiser.
- (physics) To subject (a body) to translation, i.e., to move a body on a linear path with no rotation.
- (archaic) To move or carry from one place or position to another; to transfer.
- (Christianity) To remove to heaven without a natural death.
- By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him. Heb. xi. 5.
- (Christianity) To remove, as a bishop, from one see to another.
- Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, when the king would have translated him from that poor bishopric to a better,...refused. Camden.
- (music) To rearrange a song from one music genre to another.
- (medicine) To cause to move from one part of the body to another.
- to translate a disease
Middle English translaten from Classical Latin translatus, past participle of transferre, from trans- “across” + latus, "borne", "carried", irregular perfect passive participle of verb ferre “to bear”. Displaced native Middle English awenden (“to change, translate”) (from Old English āwendan), Middle English irecchen (“to explain, expound, interpret”) (from Old English ġereccan), and Old English ġeþēodan (“to engage in, translate”).
translate - Computer Definition
(1) To change one language into another; for example, assemblers, compilers and interpreters translate source language into machine language.
(2) In computer graphics, to move an image on screen without rotating it.
(3) In telecommunications, to change the frequencies of a band of signals.