interpretation


in·ter·pre·ta·tion

noun \in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\

: the act or result of explaining or interpreting something : the way something is explained or understood

: a particular way of performing something

Full Definition of INTERPRETATION

1
:  the act or the result of interpreting :  explanation
2
:  a particular adaptation or version of a work, method, or style
3
:  a teaching technique that combines factual with stimulating explanatory information <natural history interpretation program>
in·ter·pre·ta·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
in·ter·pre·ta·tive \in-ˈtər-prə-ˌtā-tiv also -prə-tə-tiv\ adjective
in·ter·pre·ta·tive·ly adverb
in·ter·pre·tive \-ˈtər-prə-tiv, -pə-\ adjective
in·ter·pre·tive·ly adverb

Examples of INTERPRETATION

  1. a literal interpretation of the law
  2. The truth will only be found by careful interpretation of the evidence.
  3. His remarks need further interpretation.
  4. an actor's interpretation of the role of Hamlet

First Known Use of INTERPRETATION

14th century

Rhymes with INTERPRETATION

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in·ter·pre·ta·tion

noun \in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə-\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTERPRETATION

: the act or result of giving an explanation of something <interpretation of the symptoms of disease>; especially : an explanation in understandable terms to a patient in psychotherapy of the deeper meaning according to psychological theory of the material related and the behavior exhibited by the patient during treatment
in·ter·pret \in-ˈtər-prət, -pət\ transitive verb
in·ter·pre·tive \-prət-iv, -pət-\ or in·ter·pre·ta·tive \-prə-ˌtāt-iv, -prət-ət-iv\ adjective

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