in·​ter·​pret·​er | \ in-ˈtər-prə-tər How to pronounce interpreter (audio) , -pə- \

Definition of interpreter

1 : one that interprets: such as
a : one who translates orally for parties conversing in different languages
b : one who explains or expounds
2a : a machine that prints on punch cards the symbols recorded in them by perforations
b : a computer program that executes each of a set of high-level instructions before going to the next instruction

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Examples of interpreter in a Sentence

He has now learned English well enough that he can conduct interviews without an interpreter. Monet is generally regarded as the foremost interpreter of pure impressionism.
Recent Examples on the Web Prior to working with Phife, Liverpool made most of his income as a Spanish and Portuguese interpreter. The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2022 Without Ruby on-hand as a hearing interpreter, the family's fishing operation could go under. Justin Ravitz, Town & Country, 13 Aug. 2021 Chula Vista had made available a Spanish interpreter upon request 48 hours before a council meeting. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2021 Customers visiting Apple Stores in those countries can also use SignTime to remotely access a sign language interpreter without booking one ahead of time. Editors, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled out emotional-distress damages for discrimination under federal healthcare laws, dismissing a disabled woman’s lawsuit against a physical-therapy clinic that refused to provide her a sign-language interpreter. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 28 Apr. 2022 Love that #OliviaRodrigo has a sign language interpreter with her. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 4 Apr. 2022 Raised in Evanston, Arrieta went on to work as a Spanish-language interpreter and bilingual specialist for several local governments, including in the Kankakee County court system. Bob Goldsborough,, 25 Mar. 2022 Read Zelensky's remarks, below, as delivered via interpreter. Cnn Staff, CNN, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interpreter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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in·​ter·​pret·​er | \ in-ˈtər-prə-tər How to pronounce interpreter (audio) \

Kids Definition of interpreter

: a person who turns spoken words of one language into a different language

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