re·​in·​ter·​pret | \ˌrē-ən-ˈtər-prət, -pət\
reinterpreted; reinterpreting; reinterprets

Definition of reinterpret 

transitive verb

: to interpret again specifically : to give a new or different interpretation to

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reinterpretation \ˌrē-​ən-​ˌtər-​prə-​ˈtā-​shən, -​pə-​ \ noun

Examples of reinterpret in a Sentence

New information may force us to reinterpret the evidence. The director wants to reinterpret the old play for a modern audience.

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Reframe it: Social scientist and Harvard Business School assistant professor Alison Wood Brooks recommends reinterpreting anxiety in a more positive light. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Getting Over a Fear of Public Speaking," 10 Sep. 2018 What is ridiculous and despotic is when courts radically reinterpret the text to conform to contemporary norms or fads. Anchorage Daily News, "Repeal the Second Amendment? Retired Justice Stevens makes at least one good point.," 31 Mar. 2018 That classic approach to femininity was reinterpreted throughout the week on Nicky Hilton Rothschild (in sweet and short Giambattista Valli), Lauren Santo Domingo (in Dolce & Gabbana), and Tracee Ellis Ross (in Valentino). Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Naomi Campbell, Ashley Graham, and More of the Best Dressed at the Paris Couture Shows," 6 July 2018 That means commissioning or reinterpreting art, not rehashing it. New York Times, "A Teaser for the Shed, Hoping to Entice New Yorkers," 27 Apr. 2018 Realist fans, on the other hand, like to reinvent and reinterpret the originary text. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery ends the season with a bang (and a whimper)," 13 Feb. 2018 Elise Ansel reinterprets works by Old Masters, breaking their stories open into passages of pure, gestural color. Cate Mcquaid,, "‘Pushing Painting’ presents the medium’s possibilities," 20 June 2018 In other words, just following what our forefathers intended, and not trying to reinterpret that or add to that? Fox News, "Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court vote will be divided along party lines," 28 June 2018 And this change in mindset opened a whole new door for the internet to reinterpret women and relationships through viral content. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of reinterpret

1611, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reinterpret was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of reinterpret

: to understand and explain or show (something) in a new or different way

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