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verb trans·late \tran(t)s-ˈlāt, tranz-; ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt, ˈtranz-\

Simple Definition of translate

  • : to change words from one language into another language

  • : to explain (something) in a way that is easier to understand

  • : to have the same meaning

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of translate



  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bear, remove, or change from one place, state, form, or appearance to another :  transfer, transform <translate ideas into action>b :  to convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without deathc :  to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another

  3. 2a :  to turn into one's own or another languageb :  to transfer or turn from one set of symbols into another :  transcribec (1) :  to express in different terms and especially different words :  paraphrase (2) :  to express in more comprehensible terms :  explain, interpret

  4. 3 :  enrapture

  5. 4 :  to subject to mathematical translation

  6. 5 :  to subject (as genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to practice translation or make a translation; also :  to admit of or be adaptable to translation <a word that doesn't translate easily>

  9. 2 :  to undergo a translation

  10. 3 :  lead, result —usually used with into <believes that tax cuts will translate into economic growth>


play \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)tranz-\ noun


play \tran(t)s-ˈlā-tə-bəl, tranz-\ adjective


play \-ˈlā-tər\ noun

Examples of translate in a sentence

  1. My client speaks only Spanish. Will you translate for me?

  2. The French word bonjour translates as hello in English.

  3. We need someone who can translate Japanese into English.

  4. We have translated the report.

  5. The book has been translated into 37 languages.

  6. Can you translate this technical jargon?

  7. Seventy million Americans—that translates into one American out of every four—are under the age of 24.

Origin and Etymology of translate

Middle English, from Anglo-French translater, from Latin translatus (past participle of transferre to transfer, translate), from trans- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

First Known Use: 14th century

TRANSLATE Defined for Kids


verb trans·late \trans-ˈlāt\

Definition of translate for Students



  1. 1 :  to turn from one language into another

  2. 2 :  to change from one form to another <Let's translate words into action.>


\-ˈlā-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary


transitive verb trans·late \tran(t)s-ˈlāt, tranz-\

Medical Definition of translate




  1. :  to subject (as genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis

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