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 interpretational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​pə-​ \ adjective
interpretative \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​ˌtā-​tiv How to pronounce interpretative (audio) also  -​prə-​tə-​tiv \ adjective
interpretatively adverb
interpretive \ in-​ˈtər-​prə-​tiv How to pronounce interpretive (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 Instead of major historical beats and accurate colonel-by-colonel retellings, its story is an interpretation of WWI stories that director/co-writer Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) heard from his veteran grandfather as a child. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "1917 film review: War has never been captured so incredibly," 10 Jan. 2020 Some wet rooms are outfitted from floor to ceiling with water-friendly materials while others are a more flexible interpretations of a wet room. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "What Is a Wet Room Anyway?," 8 Jan. 2020 All historical analogies are interpretative acts, but interpretation is just what historians do. Peter E. Gordon, The New York Review of Books, "Why Historical Analogy Matters," 7 Jan. 2020 But that interpretation of FERPA is at odds with state open records laws, which say public agencies must disclose records unless another law specifically prohibits their disclosure. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "College athletes more likely to be disciplined for sex assault," 12 Dec. 2019 Marv’s interpretation of Lex Luthor, in particular, is genius. Chancellor Agard, EW.com, "'Crisis on Infinite Earths' star Jon Cryer reacts to Lex's 'oh s---' moment," 11 Dec. 2019 The candidates’ interpretation of climbing boots that day was pretty light: the same light boots worn on the glacier. Simon Akam, Outside Online, "You Won’t Pass Chamonix’s Mountain Guiding Test," 27 Nov. 2019 Resident and local history buff Don Parker said historical interpretation should be an important part of the park. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Remnants of Inver Grove Heights past considered for Heritage Village Park," 19 Nov. 2019 There has been many different interpretations concerning Kaepernick’s intent behind moving the workout to a different location. Alaina Getzenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Eric Reid thinks Colin Kaepernick proved he can help all 32 NFL teams, Panthers included," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of interpretation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Interpretation.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interpretive. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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More Definitions for interpretation

interpretation

noun
How to pronounce interpretation (audio)

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

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