re·​in·​ter·​pret | \ ˌrē-ən-ˈtər-prət How to pronounce reinterpret (audio) , -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 How to pronounce reinterpretation (audio) , -​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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In 1998, however, Jantz and another scientist reinterpreted them as coming from a woman of European ancestry, and about Earhart’s height. Washington Post, "Bones found in 1940 seem to be Amelia Earhart’s, study says," 8 Mar. 2018 At Paco Rabanne, where Julien Dossena has been reinterpreting Rabanne’s legacy since 2014, Saville has designed a series of T-shirts that riff on iconic moments in Paco Rabanne’s work. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Rebrands Burberry With a New Peter Saville Logo," 2 Aug. 2018 In December, a spokesperson at the US Embassy in Vietnam told the Atlantic that the US had again reinterpreted the agreement. Dara Lind, Vox, "The shift would affect thousands of immigrants who’ve been ordered deported — generally for committing crimes — but not legal immigrants or citizens.," 12 Dec. 2018 If agencies can change their rules simply by reinterpreting them, how can citizens be expected to comply? Peter J. Wallison, WSJ, "The Supreme Court May Begin to Tame the Administrative State," 13 Dec. 2018 Brian's stuff really does challenge the origin of Superman and calls in some new elements that reinterpret everything that's happened to him up until this point. Jevon Phillips,, "Sunday Conversation: DC Comics publishers talk about redefining Superman at 80," 13 Apr. 2018 The designers reinterpret traditional men’s wear fabrics — tweed, velvet and cotton shirting — with surprising, often cropped, silhouettes. Siska Lyssens, New York Times, "Brand to Know: A Men’s Wear Line With a Nostalgic Bent," 6 Mar. 2018 For now, at least, plenty of evangelical leaders are leaning into the conflation of nationalism and Trumpism and Christian identity — and are willing to reinterpret the words of Jesus in the process. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "The GOP can’t rely on white evangelicals forever," 7 Nov. 2018 The best DJs already reinterpret popular songs by mixing several different elements together in new ways to create a singular live experience. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New wearable tech lets users listen to live music through their skin," 25 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of reinterpret

1611, in the meaning defined above

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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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to corrupt or become corrupted

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