Definition of interpret
1 : to explain or tell the meaning of : present in understandable terms <interpret dreams> <needed help interpreting the results>
2 : to conceive in the light of individual belief, judgment, or circumstance : construe <interpret a contract>
3 : to represent by means of art : bring to realization by performance or direction <interprets a role>
: to act as an interpreter between speakers of different languages
interpretabilityplay \in-ˌtər-prə-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -pə-tə-\ noun
interpretableplay \in-ˈtər-prə-tə-bəl, -pə-tə-\ adjective
Examples of interpret in a sentence
We need someone to interpret these results for us.
How should we interpret the law?
I interpreted his behavior to mean that he disliked me.
Every actor interprets the role of Hamlet a little differently.
Origin and Etymology of interpret
Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French interpreter, from Latin interpretari, from interpret-, interpres agent, negotiator, interpreter
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of interpret
INTERPRET Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interpret for English Language Learners
: to explain the meaning of (something)
: to understand (something) in a specified way
: to perform (something, such as a song or a role) in a way that shows your own thoughts and feelings about it
INTERPRET Defined for Kids
Definition of interpret for Students
1 : to explain the meaning of <She claims to interpret dreams.>
2 : to understand in a particular way <He interpreted Cluny's order as the much-coveted promotion to second-in-command. — Brian Jacques, Redwall>
3 : to bring out the meaning of <An actor interprets a role.>
Legal Definition of interpret
: to explain or tell the meaning of (as a document) especially in order to determine intent <they must interpret the provisions of the Constitution — L. H. Tribe>
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