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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However, at that time, nothing like Prestosuchus had ever been recognized in Europe and other scientists remained unconvinced by Huene’s interpretation. Hans-dieter Sues, Smithsonian, "The Long, Strange Tale of the Hand Beast Footprints," 11 Sep. 2019 But the study found that many seniors living in public housing still depend on relatives and friends to translate for them, and most did not know about the interpretation services. Elvia Malagón, chicagotribune.com, "Public housing residents with limited English need more language help from CHA, advocates say, urging Lightfoot to make changes," 5 Sep. 2019 However, Escobedo said the Arts District hadn’t pictured just how well Sumikat’s interpretation and her one-of-a-kind style would speak to the neighbors surrounding the mural. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "New mural project debuts at Arts District Houston," 30 Aug. 2019 However, Yao’s interpretation of the data didn’t point toward super-rotation, and instead suggested something else seemed to be going on. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Earth's inner core is doing something weird," 19 Aug. 2019 In its letter, the union disputes Langhenry’s interpretation. Robert Higgs, cleveland.com, "Cleveland fire union sets deadline for city to oust Chief Angelo Calvillo, threatens lawsuit if city doesn’t act," 13 Aug. 2019 Mueller was asked several times about U.S. Attorney General William Barr, specifically Barr’s interpretation of the report for the public weeks ahead of the release of the redacted version. Mythili Sampathkumar, Fortune, "What Robert Mueller Didn’t Say in His Day-Long Testimony," 24 July 2019 Perhaps even more important than our specific holding today is our reaffirmation of the basic principle that informs the Court’s interpretation of the Eighth Amendment. Ivana Hrynkiw | Ihrynkiw@al.com, al.com, "Retired Justice John Paul Stevens left mark on Alabama," 17 July 2019 The walls at each hospital are full of signs — about interpretation services, nondiscrimination and privacy policies, reminders to wash your hands. Wendi C. Thomas, ProPublica, "This Memphis Hospital System Flouts IRS Rules by Not Publicly Posting Financial Assistance Policies," 27 June 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

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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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