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in·ter·pret

 (ĭn-tûr′prĭt)
v. in·ter·pret·ed, in·ter·pret·ing, in·ter·prets
v.tr.
1. To explain the meaning of: The newspapers interpreted the ambassador's speech as an attempt at making peace. See Synonyms at explain.
2. To understand the significance of; construe: interpreted his smile to be an agreement; interpreted the open door as an invitation.
3. To present or conceptualize the meaning of by means of art or criticism: The actor interpreted the character with great subtlety.
4. To translate from one language into another: interpreted the ambassador's remarks for the assembly.
v.intr.
To serve as an interpreter for speakers of different languages.

[Middle English interpreten, from Old French interpreter, from Latin interpretārī, from interpres, interpret-, negotiator, explainer; see per- in Indo-European roots.]

in·ter′pret·a·bil′i·ty, in·ter′pret·a·ble·ness n.
in·ter′pret·a·ble adj.

interpret

(ɪnˈtɜːprɪt)
vb
1. (tr) to clarify or explain the meaning of; elucidate
2. (tr) to construe the significance or intention of: to interpret a smile as an invitation.
3. (tr) to convey or represent the spirit or meaning of (a poem, song, etc) in performance
4. (intr) to act as an interpreter; translate orally
[C14: from Latin interpretārī, from interpres negotiator, one who explains, from inter- + -pres, probably related to pretium price]
inˈterpretable adj
inˌterpretaˈbility, inˈterpretableness n
inˈterpretably adv

in•ter•pret

(ɪnˈtɜr prɪt)

v.t.
1. to give or provide the meaning of; explain; elucidate: to interpret a parable.
2. to construe or understand in a particular way: to interpret a reply as favorable.
3. to translate orally.
4. to bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, music, etc.) by performance or execution.
5. to perform (a song, role in a play, etc.) according to one's own understanding or sensitivity.
v.i.
6. to translate what is said in a foreign language.
7. to explain something; give an explanation.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin interpretārī, derivative of interpres, s. interpret- agent, spokesperson, interpreter]
in•ter′pret•a•ble, adj.
in•ter`pret•a•bil′i•ty, n.

interpret


Past participle: interpreted
Gerund: interpreting

Imperative
interpret
interpret
Present
I interpret
you interpret
he/she/it interprets
we interpret
you interpret
they interpret
Preterite
I interpreted
you interpreted
he/she/it interpreted
we interpreted
you interpreted
they interpreted
Present Continuous
I am interpreting
you are interpreting
he/she/it is interpreting
we are interpreting
you are interpreting
they are interpreting
Present Perfect
I have interpreted
you have interpreted
he/she/it has interpreted
we have interpreted
you have interpreted
they have interpreted
Past Continuous
I was interpreting
you were interpreting
he/she/it was interpreting
we were interpreting
you were interpreting
they were interpreting
Past Perfect
I had interpreted
you had interpreted
he/she/it had interpreted
we had interpreted
you had interpreted
they had interpreted
Future
I will interpret
you will interpret
he/she/it will interpret
we will interpret
you will interpret
they will interpret
Future Perfect
I will have interpreted
you will have interpreted
he/she/it will have interpreted
we will have interpreted
you will have interpreted
they will have interpreted
Future Continuous
I will be interpreting
you will be interpreting
he/she/it will be interpreting
we will be interpreting
you will be interpreting
they will be interpreting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been interpreting
you have been interpreting
he/she/it has been interpreting
we have been interpreting
you have been interpreting
they have been interpreting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been interpreting
you will have been interpreting
he/she/it will have been interpreting
we will have been interpreting
you will have been interpreting
they will have been interpreting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been interpreting
you had been interpreting
he/she/it had been interpreting
we had been interpreting
you had been interpreting
they had been interpreting
Conditional
I would interpret
you would interpret
he/she/it would interpret
we would interpret
you would interpret
they would interpret
Past Conditional
I would have interpreted
you would have interpreted
he/she/it would have interpreted
we would have interpreted
you would have interpreted
they would have interpreted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.interpret - make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"
be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misunderstand, misinterpret - interpret in the wrong way; "Don't misinterpret my comments as criticism"; "She misconstrued my remarks"
read between the lines - read what is implied but not expressed on the surface
mythicise, mythicize - interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology; "mythicize the ancient stories"
literalise, literalize - make literal; "literalize metaphors"
spiritualise, spiritualize - give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
reinterpret - assign a new or different meaning to
allegorise, allegorize - interpret as an allegory
read, take - interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression; "I read this address as a satire"; "How should I take this message?"; "You can't take credit for this!"
read - interpret something that is written or printed; "read the advertisement"; "Have you read Salman Rushdie?"
read, scan - obtain data from magnetic tapes; "This dictionary can be read by the computer"
consider, regard, view, reckon, see - deem to be; "She views this quite differently from me"; "I consider her to be shallow"; "I don't see the situation quite as negatively as you do"
educe, elicit, evoke, extract, draw out - deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning); "We drew out some interesting linguistic data from the native informant"
2.interpret - give an interpretation or explanation to
moralise, moralize - interpret the moral meaning of; "moralize a story"
deconstruct - interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing
re-explain, reinterpret - interpret from a different viewpoint
commentate - serve as a commentator, as in sportscasting
misinterpret - interpret falsely
explain, explicate - make plain and comprehensible; "He explained the laws of physics to his students"
annotate, gloss, comment - provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases; "He annotated on what his teacher had written"
commentate - make a commentary on
3.interpret - give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"
performing arts - arts or skills that require public performance
perform, do, execute - carry out or perform an action; "John did the painting, the weeding, and he cleaned out the gutters"; "the skater executed a triple pirouette"; "she did a little dance"
sing - deliver by singing; "Sing Christmas carols"
4.interpret - create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl"
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
re-create - create anew; "Re-create the boom of the West on a small scale"
carnalize, sensualize - represent materialistically, as in a painting or a sculpture
silhouette - represent by a silhouette
animalise, animalize - represent in the form of an animal
profile - represent in profile, by drawing or painting
paint - make a painting of; "He painted his mistress many times"
capture - succeed in representing or expressing something intangible; "capture the essence of Spring"; "capture an idea"
depict, picture, show, render - show in, or as in, a picture; "This scene depicts country life"; "the face of the child is rendered with much tenderness in this painting"
stylise, stylize, conventionalize - represent according to a conventional style; "a stylized female head"
map - make a map of; show or establish the features of details of; "map the surface of Venus"
limn, portray, depict - make a portrait of; "Goya wanted to portray his mistress, the Duchess of Alba"
portray, present - represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture; "The father is portrayed as a good-looking man in this painting"
draw - represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface; "She drew an elephant"; "Draw me a horse"
mock up, model - construct a model of; "model an airplane"
graph, chart - represent by means of a graph; "chart the data"
5.interpret - restate (words) from one language into another languageinterpret - restate (words) from one language into another language; "I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?"; "She rendered the French poem into English"; "He translates for the U.N."
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
retranslate - translate again
mistranslate - translate incorrectly
gloss - provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
Latinize - translate into Latin
translate - be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way; "poetry often does not translate"; "Tolstoy's novels translate well into English"
6.interpret - make sense of a languageinterpret - make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
understand - know and comprehend the nature or meaning of; "She did not understand her husband"; "I understand what she means"

interpret

verb
1. understand, take, read, explain, regard, construe The speech might be interpreted as a coded message.
2. translate, convert, paraphrase, adapt, transliterate She spoke little English, so her husband interpreted.
3. explain, define, clarify, spell out, make sense of, decode, decipher, expound, elucidate, throw light on, explicate The judge has to interpret the law as it's being passed.
4. understand, read, explain, crack, solve, figure out (informal), comprehend, decode, deduce, decipher, suss out (slang) The pictures are often difficult to interpret.
5. portray, present, perform, render, depict, enact, act out Shakespeare, marvellously interpreted by Orson Welles

interpret

verb
1. To make understandable:
Archaic: enucleate.
Idiom: put into plain English.
2. To understand in a particular way:
3. To perform according to one's artistic conception:
Translations
يُتَرْجِميُفَسِّرُيُفَسِّريُفَسِّر المَعْنى، يُوَضِّح
vyložitinterpretovattlumočit
fortolketolkeudlægge
tulkita
tumačiti
tolmácsol
túlkatúlka, útskÿra
解釈する
해석하다
interpretacijainterpretuotivertėjas
interpretētizskaidrotiztulkottulkot
interpretovaťtlmočiť
razlagatitolmačiti
tolka
แปล
giải thích

interpret

[ɪnˈtɜːprɪt]
A. VT
1. (= translate orally) → traducir, interpretar
2. (= explain, understand) → interpretar
how are we to interpret that remark?¿cómo hemos de interpretar ese comentario?
that is not how I interpret ityo no lo entiendo así, yo lo entiendo de otro modo
B. VI (= translate) → traducir; (= work as interpreter) → trabajar de intérprete

interpret

[ɪnˈtɜːrprɪt]
vt
(= translate) [+ speech] → interpréter
(= decide meaning of) [+ law, writing] → interpréter
No one agrees on how the poem should be interpreted → Personne n'est d'accord sur la façon dont le poème doit être interprété., Personne n'est d'accord sur la façon dont on devrait interpréter le poème.
The judge has to interpret the law → Le juge doit interpréter la loi.
to interpret sth as sth (= take as) → interpréter qch comme qch
He interpreted my comments as criticism → Il a interprété mes commentaires comme une critique.
(= perform) [+ music, role] → interpréter
vi
(= translate) → servir d'interprète
Steve couldn't speak French, so his friend interpreted → Comme Steve ne parlait pas français, son ami a servi d'interprète.
to interpret for sb → servir d'interprète à qn
Paul had to interpret for us → Paul a dû nous servir d'interprète.
(professionally)travailler comme interprète
She interpreted at the international conference → Elle a travaillé comme interprète à la conférence internationale.

interpret

vt
(= translate orally)dolmetschen
(= explain, understand)auslegen, interpretieren; omen, dreamdeuten; worldverstehen; (Theat, Mus) → interpretieren; this could be interpreted as meaning or to mean that …das könnte man so auslegen or interpretieren, dass …; how would you interpret what he said?wie würden Sie seine Worte verstehen or auffassen?

interpret

[ɪnˈtɜːprɪt]
1. vt
a. (translate orally) to interpret sth (into)tradurre qc (in)
b. (explain, understand) → interpretare

interpret

(inˈtəːprit) verb
1. to translate a speaker's words, while he is speaking, into the language of his hearers. He spoke to the audience in French and she interpreted.
2. to explain the meaning of. How do you interpret these lines of the poem?
3. to show or bring out the meaning of (eg a piece of music) in one's performance of it. The sonata was skilfully interpreted by the pianist.
inˌterpreˈtation noun
inˈterpreter noun
a person who translates the words of a speaker into the language of his hearers.

interpret

يُفَسِّرُ vyložit fortolke interpretieren ερμηνεύω interpretar tulkita interpréter tumačiti interpretare 解釈する 해석하다 interpreteren tolke zinterpretować interpretar толковать tolka แปล yorumlamak giải thích 翻译

interpret

v. interpretar, traducir oralmente.

interpret

vt, vi interpretar
References in classic literature ?
A passionate desire to have him un- derstand the import of life, to learn to interpret it truly and honestly, swept over her.
Wearied at length by their importunities, and apprehensive of irritating his captors by too stubborn a silence, the former looked about him in quest of Magua, who might interpret his answers to questions which were at each moment becoming more earnest and threatening.
Her scowl,--as the world, or such part of it as sometimes caught a transitory glimpse of her at the window, wickedly persisted in calling it,--her scowl had done Miss Hepzibah a very ill office, in establishing her character as an ill-tempered old maid; nor does it appear improbable that, by often gazing at herself in a dim looking-glass, and perpetually encountering her own frown with its ghostly sphere, she had been led to interpret the expression almost as unjustly as the world did.
Thy acts are like mercy," said Hester, bewildered and appalled; "but thy words interpret thee as a terror
But one morning, turning to pass the doubloon, he seemed to be newly attracted by the strange figures and inscriptions stamped on it, as though now for the first time beginning to interpret for himself in some monomaniac way whatever significance might lurk in them.
Consider the whole machinery of the civil law made necessary by these processes; the libraries of ponderous tomes, the courts and juries to interpret them, the lawyers studying to circumvent them, the pettifogging and chicanery, the hatreds and lies
I knew his story well, and so I knew how to interpret the compassion that was in his face when he bade me farewell.
Bayard Taylor, who could interpret the dim reasonings of animals, and understood their moral natures better than most men, would have found some way to make this poor old chap forget his troubles for a while, but we have not his kindly art, and so had to leave the raven to his griefs.
He turned, as he spoke, a peculiar look in her direction: a look of hatred; unless he has a most perverse set of facial muscles that will not, like those of other people, interpret the language of his soul.
You will understand from this how terribly she suffers, how wildly and strangely she acts under violent agitation; and you will not interpret against her what she said or did when you saw her on Wednesday last.
He accompanied me a good part of the way; and when we parted, with a prayer for the success of this fresh effort, there was a new and thoughtful compassion in him that I was at no loss to interpret.
Silas was evidently a brother selected for a peculiar discipline; and though the effort to interpret this discipline was discouraged by the absence, on his part, of any spiritual vision during his outward trance, yet it was believed by himself and others that its effect was seen in an accession of light and fervour.