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Definitions of interpret

  1. To give the meaning of; translate; explain; act as an interpreter. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To explain the meaning of; as, to interpret a foreign language. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To explain the meaning of: to translate into intelligible or familiar terms. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To explain; translate. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To act as an interpreter. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. give an interpretation or explanation to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. 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." Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. create an image or likeness of, in art Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. To explain, unfold, or present the meaning of; to translate into intelligible words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

Usage examples for interpret

  1. People would be only too ready to interpret our action as a sign that neither you nor I had the right faith in a Higher Providence. – Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
  2. If, at last, this new will shall not be forthcoming, I think we must be bound to interpret the matter in that way. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope