Interpret definition

ĭn-tûrprĭt
To understand the significance of; construe.

Interpreted his smile to be an agreement; interpreted the open door as an invitation.

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To explain the meaning of.

The newspapers interpreted the ambassador's speech as an attempt at making peace.

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To translate from one language into another.

Interpreted the ambassador's remarks for the assembly.

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To present or conceptualize the meaning of by means of art or criticism.

The actor interpreted the character with great subtlety.

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To translate (esp. oral remarks)
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To serve as an interpreter for speakers of different languages.
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To act as an interpreter; explain or translate.
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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.
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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.

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To explain the meaning of; make understandable.

To interpret a poem.

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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.
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(intransitive) To act as an interpreter.
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To run a program one line at a time. Each line of source language is translated into machine language and then executed.
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To translate (a program in a high-level language) into machine language and execute it, statement by statement.
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To have or show one's own understanding of the meaning of; construe.

To interpret someone's silence as contempt.

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To bring out the meaning of; esp., to give one's own conception of (a work of art), as in performance or criticism.
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Origin of interpret

  • Middle English interpreten from Old French interpreter from Latin interpretārī from interpres interpret- negotiator, explainer per-5 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English interpreten, from Old French enterpreter, (French interpréter), from Latin interpretor (“to explain, expound, interpret”), past participle interpretatus, from interpres (“an agent, broker, explainer, interpreter, negotiator”), from inter (“between”) + -pres, probably the root of pretium (“price”); -pres is probably connected with Ancient Greek φράζειν (phrazein, “to point out, show, explain, declare, speak”), from which φραδή (phrade, “understanding”), φράσις (phrasis, “speech”); see phrase.

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