interpret definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to describe this is of: interpreted the ambassador's remarks. See Synonyms at explain.
    • To conceive the significance of; construe: interpreted his smile is an understanding; translated the open-door as an invitation.
    • to provide or conceptualize this is of through art or criticism.
    • To convert by mouth.
    • to describe or inform the meaning of; to expound; to translate by mouth into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to determine; -- used esp. to language, and to dreams, signs, conduct, secrets, etc.
    • To apprehend and express by way of art; showing by illustrative representation
  • verb-intransitive:
    • available an explanation.
    • To serve as an interpreter for speakers of various languages.
    • To act as an interpreter.
  • verb:
    • To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to convert orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- used especially to language, but also to ambitions, indications, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to translate the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to translate an Indian address.
    • To apprehend and express by way of art; to exhibit by illustrative representation; because, an actor interprets the smoothness of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape.
    • to behave as an interpreter.
    • give an interpretation or rendition of
    • give an interpretation or description to
    • make sense of a language
    • develop an image or likeness of
    • restate (terms) from a single language into another language
    • make sense of; designate a meaning to
  • others:
    • To expound the meaning or need for, as by translation or description; elucidate or unfold, as foreign or obscure language, a mystery, etc.; make basic or intelligible.
    • showing the purport of; develop or explain by representation: as, to translate a drama or a character by activity in the phase.
    • To construe; feature a given meaning to: as, the company interpreted their silence unfavorably.
    • Synonyms give, Construe, an such like. (identify convert); Expound, Elucidate, etc. (see explain).
    • To practise interpretation; make an interpretation or description; tell or know what one thing indicates.

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