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 Junghye Chang, 65, an immigrant from South Korea, said through an interpreter that becoming eligible for the state program has alleviated her anxiety and fear about her medical care. Laura Rodríguez Presa,, "Older people will soon receive health coverage in Illinois regardless of immigration status under first-in-nation program: ‘It’s a relief’," 5 Oct. 2020 There was an interpreter, a Pakistani man who was fluent in Urdu. Teju Cole, New York Times, "In Dark Times, I Sought Out the Turmoil of Caravaggio’s Paintings," 23 Sep. 2020 Many Latino players, such as Johnny Cueto, speak English with teammates, but choose to speak to the media through an interpreter, since their incomplete command of English can wipe out nuance and clarity. Scott Ostler,, "Donovan Solano’s breakthrough with Giants something to be seen — and heard," 9 Sep. 2020 In December, a rocket attack on an Iraqi base near Kirkuk killed an American civilian interpreter. Edward Wong, New York Times, "Pompeo Threatens to Close U.S. Embassy in Iraq Unless Militias Halt Attacks," 29 Sep. 2020 In October 2005, Cashe, 35, crawled out from the wreckage — his uniform drenched in diesel fuel — then went back multiple times to recover six soldiers and an interpreter while dodging enemy gunfire. Lisa Maria Garza,, "Family determined to see Oviedo’s Alwyn Cashe awarded Medal of Honor for heroics in Iraq," 22 Sep. 2020 Colangelo has noted to the court that Troconis appeared in court several times since her initial arrest in June of 2019 without requesting an interpreter. Dave Altimari,, "Judge declines to remove 24-hour GPS monitoring for Michelle Troconis, who is facing murder conspiracy charge in death of Jennifer Farber Dulos," 28 Aug. 2020 Brands of today no longer hope to speak to us through an external force, as our friends and companions, but instead directly to us, bypassing the need for an interpreter or idol entirely. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "Godspeed Your Journey to the Great PlayPlace In the Sky," 10 Aug. 2020 My friend, an interpreter by profession, ran all the way there. Christine Spolar, National Geographic, "A surge in coronavirus cases jolts France after a quiet summer," 29 July 2020

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First Known Use of interpreter

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Oct 2020

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“Interpreter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce interpreter (audio)

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 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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