in·​ter·​pret·​er | \in-ˈtər-prə-tər, -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.

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Lew served as an interpreter during the occupation of Japan then returned to University of Chicago to graduate PhB. and marry Julia Manchester in 1948. Hartford Courant,, "Lewis Manchester," 17 May 2018 Nearly three years after Faisal Razmal, a refugee who served as an interpreter to U.S. forces in Afghanistan, was shot in the face with a flare gun in front of his Sacramento apartment, a teenager has pleaded guilty to the crime. Steve Magagnini, sacbee, "Sacramento teen pleads guilty to shooting Afghan war interpreter in face with flare gun | The Sacramento Bee," 3 May 2018 Fred was transferred to the Montpellier headquarters to work with the intelligence team as an interpreter. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "Founding family of Phoenix synagogue saved 1,500 people during the Holocaust," 12 Apr. 2018 Forced to work for the Germans as an interpreter and secretary in their version of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Blake’s life was stable during much of the Nazi occupation. Tom Orsborn, San Antonio Express-News, "Bertans’ No. 1 fan recalls fleeing Latvia during World War II," 9 Apr. 2018 Moncada said at Camelback Ranch this week, through the team interpreter Billy Russo. Tyler Kepner, New York Times, "The White Sox Add to Their Cuban Connection," 9 Mar. 2018 Krzysztof Ignaciuk worked as an interpreter on this story. Daniel A. Gross, Newsweek, "Poland's Jewish Culture Rises From the Ashes of Persecution," 27 Jan. 2015 The interpreter moves his hands around the model field to indicate the action. Sarah Dilorenzo, The Seattle Times, "Brazil fan who is deaf, blind follows World Cup with help," 2 July 2018 Not as much is known about Kim Ju Song, the interpreter for the North Korean leader Kim. Doug Criss, CNN, "The two really important people at the summit (beside Trump and Kim)," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of interpreter

: a person who translates the words that someone is speaking into a different language


in·​ter·​pret·​er | \in-ˈtər-prə-tər \

Kids Definition of interpreter

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

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