Definitions for: Interpret


[v] make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
[v] make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
[v] give an interpretation or explanation to
[v] 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."
[v] create an image or likeness of, in art
[v] give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"



Webster (1913) Definition: In*ter"pret, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interpreted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Interpreting.] [F. interpr[^e]ter, L.
interpretari, p. p. interpretatus, fr. interpre? interpeter,
agent, negotiator; inter between + (prob.) the root of
pretium price. See Price.]
1. 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.

Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
--Matt. i. 23.

And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none
that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli.
8.

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.

Syn: To translate; explain; solve; render; expound;
elucidate; decipher; unfold; unravel.


In*ter"pret, v. i.
To act as an interpreter. --Shak.

Synonyms: construe, read, render, represent, see, translate, translate, understand

See Also: allegorise, allegorize, animalise, animalize, annotate, be amiss, capture, carnalize, collocate with, comment, commentate, confound, confuse, construe with, conventionalize, cooccur with, deconstruct, depict, do, draw, draw out, educe, elicit, evoke, execute, explain, explicate, extract, gloss, go with, graph, ingeminate, iterate, latinize, limn, literalise, literalize, map, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misinterpret, mistake, mistranslate, misunderstand, mock up, model, moralise, moralize, mythicise, mythicize, paint, perform, picture, portray, present, profile, read between the lines, re-create, re-explain, reinterpret, reinterpret, reiterate, render, repeat, restate, retell, retranslate, scan, sensualize, show, silhouette, sing, spiritualise, spiritualize, stylise, stylize, take

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