interpret
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈtɜː.pɹɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈtɝ.pɹɪt/
Verb

interpret (interprets, present participle interpreting; past and past participle interpreted)

  1. To explain or tell the meaning of; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms. applied especially to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.
    to interpret an Indian speech
    • The Holy Bible, Gospel of Matthew i. 23.
      Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
    • The Holy Bible, Book of Genesis xli. 8.
      And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
  2. To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation
    The actor interpreted the character of Hamlet with great skill.
    The way the musician interpreted a sonata was quite special.
    an artist interprets a landscape
  3. (intransitive) To act as an interpreter.
    He interpreted at the meeting between the Chinese and French associates.
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