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in·ter·pre·ta·tion

 (ĭn-tûr′prĭ-tā′shən)
n.
1. The act or process of interpreting.
2. A result of interpreting.
3.
a. An explanation or conceptualization by a critic of a work of literature, painting, music, or other art form; an exegesis.
b. A performer's distinctive personal version of a song, dance, piece of music, or role; a rendering.

in·ter′pre·ta′tion·al adj.

interpretation

(ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən)
n
1. the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
2. the result of interpreting; an explanation
3. a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
4. explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
5. (Logic) logic an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
inˌterpreˈtational adj

in•ter•pre•ta•tion

(ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication.
2. the meaning assigned to another's creative work, action, behavior, etc.
3. oral translation.
4. the performing of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning or to demonstrate one's conception of it.
5. the assignment of meaning to abstract symbols in a logical system.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin]
in•ter`pre•ta′tion•al, adj.

interpretation

  • eisegesis - The interpretation of a word or passage by reading into it one's own ideas.
  • hermeneutic - An adjective meaning "concerned with interpretation," especially of scripture.
  • case-sensitive - If something is case-sensitive, there is a different meaning or interpretation based on upper- and lower-cased letters.
  • semiotics - The study of signs and symbols and their use or interpretation.

interpretation

A part of the analysis and production phase in the intelligence process in which the significance of information is judged in relation to the current body of knowledge. See also intelligence process.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.interpretation - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of somethinginterpretation - a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
reinterpretation - a new or different meaning
anagoge - a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)
2.interpretation - the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance; "her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving"
reinterpretation - a new or different interpretation
spin - a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion); "the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"
performance - the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment; "we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal"; "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"
3.interpretation - an explanation that results from interpreting something; "the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence"
explanation, account - a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.; "the explanation was very simple"; "I expected a brief account"
exposition, expounding - a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic
construal - an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing
clarification, elucidation, illumination - an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding; "the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"
eisegesis - personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas
exegesis - an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)
ijtihad - the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen; "some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening ijtihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam"
literal interpretation - an interpretation based on the exact wording
version - an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint; "his version of the fight was different from mine"
reading - a particular interpretation or performance; "on that reading it was an insult"; "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"
twist, construction - an interpretation of a text or action; "they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"
reconstruction - an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence
popularisation, popularization - an interpretation that easily understandable and acceptable
misinterpretation, mistaking, misunderstanding - putting the wrong interpretation on; "his misinterpretation of the question caused his error"; "there was no mistaking her meaning"
4.interpretation - an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious; "the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning"
broad interpretation, judicial activism - an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court)
explanation - thought that makes something comprehensible

interpretation

noun
1. explanation, meaning, reading, understanding, sense, analysis, construction, exposition, explication, elucidation, signification The Opposition put a different interpretation on the figures.
2. performance, portrayal, presentation, rendering, reading, execution, rendition, depiction her full-bodied interpretation of the role of Micaela
4. understanding, meaning, reading, conclusion, assumption, inference, presumption, conjecture, supposition He was aware of the interpretation many put on his being at her home.

interpretation

noun
2. Critical explanation or analysis:
3. One's artistic conception as shown by the way in which something such as a dramatic role or musical composition is rendered:
Translations
تَفْسير، تأويل، تَرْجَمَه
interpretace
fortolkningudlægning
tõlgendaminetõlgendus
interpretációtolmácsolás
túlkun
interpretácia
razlaga
çevirmetercüme etmeyorumyorumlama

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən] N (gen) → interpretación f (Ling) → interpretación f, traducción f
what interpretation am I to place on your conduct?¿cómo he de interpretar tu conducta?
the words bear another interpretationlas palabras pueden interpretarse de otro modo

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːrprɪˈteɪʃən] n
(= understanding) → interprétation f
the government's interpretation of events → L'interprétation qu'a le gouvernement des événements
my interpretation of it → l'interprétation que j'en ai
[law] → interprétation f
[role, music] → interprétation f

interpretation

n
(= explanation)Auslegung f, → Interpretation f; (of omen, dream)Deutung f; (of world)Verständnis nt; (Theat, Mus) → Interpretation f; she put quite a different interpretation on the figuressie legte die Zahlen ganz anders aus, sie interpretierte die Zahlen ganz anders; the speech can be given several interpretationsdie Rede kann verschieden ausgelegt or interpretiert werden; an interpretation of a poemeine Gedichtinterpretation
(Admin: = interpreting) → Dolmetschen nt

interpretation

[ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃn] ninterpretazione f

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.

in·ter·pre·ta·tion

n. interpretación.
References in classic literature ?
It was so soft and unexcited and appreciative gave a favourable interpretation to everything.
She was not an actual fact for him, but the interpretation of all that he lacked on earth brought warmly home to his conception; so that this mere symbol, or life-like picture, had almost the comfort of reality.
Certainly there was some deep meaning in it most worthy of interpretation, and which, as it were, streamed forth from the mystic symbol, subtly communicating itself to my sensibilities, but evading the analysis of my mind.
The nature of the man, unpliably antagonistic to the world and the world's customs, might justify some such interpretation of his conduct as this.
What ravages I committed on my favourite authors in the course of my interpretation of them, I am not in a condition to say, and should be very unwilling to know; but I had a profound faith in them, and I had, to the best of my belief, a simple, earnest manner of narrating what I did narrate; and these qualities went a long way.
However novel and peculiar this testimony of attachment, I did not doubt the accuracy of the interpretation.
The communication was necessarily a slow and difficult process, for Silas's meagre power of explanation was not aided by any readiness of interpretation in Dolly, whose narrow outward experience gave her no key to strange customs, and made every novelty a source of wonder that arrested them at every step of the narrative.
Come, Sir Templar, the laws of gallantry have a liberal interpretation in Palestine, and this is a case in which I will trust nothing to your conscience.
The usual interpretation of a friendship between a man and a woman
Don Quixote laughed at the interpretation Sancho put upon "computed," and the name of the cosmographer Ptolemy, and said he, "Thou must know, Sancho, that with the Spaniards and those who embark at Cadiz for the East Indies, one of the signs they have to show them when they have passed the equinoctial line I told thee of, is, that the lice die upon everybody on board the ship, and not a single one is left, or to be found in the whole vessel if they gave its weight in gold for it; so, Sancho, thou mayest as well pass thy hand down thy thigh, and if thou comest upon anything alive we shall be no longer in doubt; if not, then we have crossed.
Again, when Socrates argues that he must believe in the gods because he believes in the sons of gods, we must remember that this is a refutation not of the original indictment, which is consistent enough--'Socrates does not receive the gods whom the city receives, and has other new divinities' --but of the interpretation put upon the words by Meletus, who has affirmed that he is a downright atheist.
This circumstance is a clear indication of the sense of the convention, and furnishes a rule of interpretation out of the body of the act, which justifies the position I have advanced and refutes every hypothesis to the contrary.