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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TtDoT's first playable build cannot in any way be misconstrued as a silly or tasteless interpretation of the earliest days of the Nazi regime. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "After 8Chan-gate, THQN unveils stirring anti-Nazi game set in 1930s Germany," 11 June 2019 Other older workers and advocates elsewhere are making the same argument, pushing for a broader interpretation of the law. Patricia Cohen, New York Times, "New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It," 7 June 2019 Another teacher was docked pay while undergoing a liver transplant even though his colleagues gave him their own sick time — because the city school district is using a strict interpretation of the state law, Heather Knight reports. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: They want to save their brother. But they can’t get visas.," 7 June 2019 Wearing an outfit from designer Christian Siriano, Janelle went with a literal head-to-toe interpretation of the camp theme. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Janelle Monáe Wore Christian Siriano to the Met Gala 2019 Red Carpet," 7 May 2019 If Sessions and Sanders are really intent on using a literal interpretation of the Bible to justify inhumane policy, The Handmaid’s Tale is a road map for how to do so. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Gilead in America," 20 June 2018 But Saturday brought a more literal interpretation for Dead & Company fans, thanks to a cancellation partway through the band’s second set on the second day of a two-day run at BB&T Pavilion due to inclement weather. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Deadheads take to social media after Dead & Co. show in Camden is cancelled due to weather," 4 June 2018 The complaint filed in federal court Tuesday by the League of Women Voters seeks to negate a controversial interpretation of Florida's early voting laws by Floprida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. Mark Skoneki, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida lawsuit challenges campus ban on early voting," 22 May 2018 Certainly, Judge Castro’s interpretation of the force majeure clause and the looming referendum provide the city with leverage points to renegotiate the contract and address citizen concerns. John Mannillo And Andy Rorvig |, Twin Cities, "Mannillo, Rorvig: Trash, fees, franchises … St. Paul keeps making costly legal mistakes. Why?," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of interpretation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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interpretation

noun

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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