Definition of interpret
- interpret dreams
- needed help interpreting the results
- interpret a contract
- interprets a role
We need someone to interpret these results for us.
How should we interpret the law?
I interpreted his behavior to mean that he disliked me.
Every actor interprets the role of Hamlet a little differently.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: to explain the meaning of (something)
: to understand (something) in a specified way
: to perform (something, such as a song or a role) in a way that shows your own thoughts and feelings about it
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to lower or disgrace the reputation of
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