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 interpretation (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​pə-​ \ adjective
interpretative \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce interpretation (audio) also  -​prə-​tə-​tiv \ adjective
interpretatively adverb
interpretive \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​tiv How to pronounce interpretation (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 Hopefully a sensible data analysis and interpretation means common sense can prevail. WSJ, "Is Drug Good for Some Alzheimer’s Patients?," 29 Apr. 2021 But a different interpretation of adolescence emerged in the 2000s, stemming from two important new findings. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "Adolescent Brains Are Wired to Want Status and Respect: That’s an Opportunity for Teachers and Parents," 28 Apr. 2021 His approach to criticism was built on the idea that rigorous, comparative analysis was at the heart of interpretation and original knowledge production. Washington Post, "‘Places of Mind: A Life of Edward Said’ explores the full spectrum of sources that shaped the scholar’s ideas," 28 Apr. 2021 The university, a prominent Modern Orthodox institution, has grappled with how to reconcile a traditional interpretation of Jewish law, which does not allow homosexual relations, with its engagement with the secular world. Simone Somekh, sun-sentinel.com, "LGBTQ students sue Yeshiva University for discrimination," 28 Apr. 2021 Grace didn't hold back with her striking performance, which replaced the original's country elements for a more sparse and haunting interpretation, and drew praise from the four coaches. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee singer Anna Grace pulls off another shocker on 'The Voice'," 27 Apr. 2021 Different people define it differently, and what one person claims is an objective opinion or interpretation another will dismiss as little more than prejudice. Jed Perl, The New York Review of Books, "See More, Think More," 27 Apr. 2021 This is seen as something that needs no interpretation and is something that is isolated from human bias. Hessie Jones, Forbes, "Intersectionality, Inequity And Imminence Of AI: A Human Perspective," 26 Apr. 2021 This event is free and includes live ASL interpretation. New York Times, "Explore Coral Reefs and Enjoy Flower Arrangements Inspired by Art," 24 Apr. 2021

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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 10 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for interpretation

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

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