interpretation

noun
in·​ter·​pre·​ta·​tion | \ in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce interpretation (audio) , -pə- \

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

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Other Words from interpretation

interpretational \ in-​ˌtər-​prə-​ˈtā-​shnəl How to pronounce interpretational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​pə-​ \ adjective
interpretative \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce interpretative (audio) also  -​prə-​tə-​tiv \ adjective
interpretatively adverb
interpretive \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​tiv How to pronounce interpretive (audio) , -​pə-​ \ adjective
interpretively adverb

Examples of interpretation in a Sentence

a literal interpretation of the law The truth will only be found by careful interpretation of the evidence. His remarks need further interpretation. an actor's interpretation of the role of Hamlet
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Recent Examples on the Web Of these two, the latter interpretation — real improvements canceled out by new challenges — may make the most sense. Nate Cohn, New York Times, "What Went Wrong With Polling? Some Early Theories," 10 Nov. 2020 So here’s a modern interpretation, entirely my own: Manfredi’s picture is about masculine shame. Washington Post, "Manfredi’s painting of Cupid being beaten invites a modern interpretation," 4 Nov. 2020 Hathaway is going for laughs with her interpretation, which, frankly, is a smart move. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Anne Hathaway Is Delightfully Deranged in the Witches Remake," 22 Oct. 2020 The 2020 take bears little resemblance to that interpretation, which the film's hair and makeup designer, Ivana Primorac, says was a natural result of the story's 21st-century update. Rachel Krause, refinery29.com, "In Rebecca, Simple Beauty Makes An Emotional Statement," 21 Oct. 2020 With a majority of justices on the court sympathetic to these theories of constitutional interpretation, textualist and originalist amicus briefs are likely to be particularly effective. Paul M. Collins, The Conversation, "How conservative groups will advance their agendas before a Supreme Court with Amy Coney Barrett," 19 Oct. 2020 The Alamo Citizen Advisory Committee has given up on moving the Cenotaph, but members aren’t budging on providing an inclusive, authentic interpretation of 300 years of history at the site of the Alamo — not just the 1836 siege and battle. Scott Huddleston, ExpressNews.com, "Committee takes stand against letting state take over Alamo project, focusing only on 1836 battle," 30 Sep. 2020 Nevertheless, the institutional purpose of the Supreme Court is to find a resolution of political conflicts through reason, interpretation, argument and vote-casting, not pure power politics. Noah Feldman Bloomberg Opinion (tns), Star Tribune, "Amy Coney Barrett is supremely well qualified for the high court," 28 Sep. 2020 So our interpretation, the Streamliner, has a very singular case that stands out and adds something to this industry, rather than being a copycat of something that has been done for 45 years. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "A Q&A with the provocative mind behind watchmaker H. Moser," 21 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of interpretation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interpretation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interpretation. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for interpretation

interpretation

noun
How to pronounce interpretation (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of interpretation

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

interpretation

noun
in·​ter·​pre·​ta·​tion | \ in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce interpretation (audio) \

Kids Definition of interpretation

1 : the way something is explained or understood What's your interpretation of the results?
2 : a particular way of performing something (as a dramatic role)

interpretation

noun
in·​ter·​pre·​ta·​tion | \ in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən, -pə- How to pronounce interpretation (audio) \

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

Other Words from interpretation

interpret \ in-​ˈtər-​prət, -​pət How to pronounce interpret (audio) \ transitive verb
interpretive \ -​prət-​iv, -​pət-​ How to pronounce interpretive (audio) \ or interpretative \ -​prə-​ˌtāt-​iv How to pronounce interpretative (audio) , -​prət-​ət-​iv How to pronounce interpretative (audio) \ adjective

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interpretation

noun
in·​ter·​pre·​ta·​tion | \ in-ˌtər-prə-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce interpretation (audio) \

Legal Definition of interpretation

: the act or result of interpreting — compare construction

Other Words from interpretation

interpretative \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​ˌtā-​tiv, -​tə-​tiv How to pronounce interpretative (audio) \ adjective
interpretive \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​tiv How to pronounce interpretive (audio) \ adjective

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