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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The bullish interpretation, and the one the company gave Wednesday evening, is a massive gain in efficiency. Washington Post, "Tesla’s Incredible Shrinking Growth Machine," 18 Sep. 2019 Chartered in 1967, the Fort Bend History Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit that preserves and shares the history of Fort Bend County through exhibits, community events and programs, living history interpretations, school programs and more. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fundraising campaign to renovate museum totals more than $1 million," 16 Sep. 2019 These days, lotería enjoys plenty of clever and contemporary interpretations, especially in and around the Alamo City. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Central Library celebrates Hispanic heritage with a whole lot of lotería," 15 Sep. 2019 Order a bottle of the original at bigbobgibson.com, or try local interpretations, such as those at SAW’s or Miss Myra’s. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Are you a true Birmingham local? Answer these 15 questions," 9 Sep. 2019 The standard must be objective (interpretation of rules, officiating mechanics) for a step as significant as public statement. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline newsletter: Pac-12 makes significant shift to transparency in football officiating (without going too far)," 27 Aug. 2019 Quantum mechanics, for instance, suggests that particles have no definite reality—by most interpretations, their properties are undecided until measured. George Musser, Scientific American, "The Search for Truth in Physics," 25 Aug. 2019 Moreover, beyond the changes in anti-trust law and interpretation, the music marketplace itself has changed considerably since the decree was first entered into. Ed Christman, Billboard, "'An Edifice Whose Foundation Has Eroded': Inside ASCAP and BMI's DOJ Comments on WW2-Era Consent Decrees," 12 Aug. 2019 The clauses in the Constitution dealing with secession are open to wide interpretation, as has been made clear by recent comments by the prime minister Abiy Ahmed. Yonatan Fessha, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia is facing mounting tensions as an ethnic minority community demands secession," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of interpretation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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interpretation

noun

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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