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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At this stage, the design lacks the visual poetry of Van Valkenburgh’s comparably sized Teardrop Park in lower Manhattan, an award-winning landscape set amid residential high-rises that beautifully reinterprets the geology of New York state. Blair Kamin,, "The dull blocks west of Navy Pier get an engaging park: Will it be loved to death?," 31 July 2019 The Harris plan would expand his quasi-amnesties and take other executive actions that would reinterpret federal statutes to provide some of the beneficiaries with a path to permanent legal residence. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 20 June 2019 The collection, which reinterprets classic Versace furniture and textile designs with Bikoff's colorful flair, took over the fashion house's Vis Gesu this past week, where tastemakers tripped over themselves to get a look. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Jennifer Lopez's Famous Grammys Dress Ended up as Bedding," 12 Apr. 2019 Ms Reihana, who is Maori and British, brilliantly reinterprets an early 19th-century French wallpaper depicting Captain James Cook’s journeys to the Pacific islands. A.c. | San Francisco, The Economist, "The social and political mural goes digital," 5 Aug. 2019 Then, in 1998, researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery reinterpreted them as from a woman of European ancestry, about Earhart's height. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "A conspiracy, a crash and a capture: Five theories about Amelia Earhart's disappearance," 19 July 2019 Costanza said, adding that this requires performers to reinterpret their performance for rounded surfaces and unexpected angles, while simultaneously creating the physical necessity for more audience interaction. Gina Grillo,, "Unveiling of new Ragdale Ring reveals design 'surprising in its simplicity'," 14 June 2019 To teach, surely; to demonstrate, usually; to reinterpret, ideally. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum’ Review: Dissecting a Grand Institution," 2 Apr. 2019 Miu Miu reinterprets the alphabet by adding character to each letter. Julia Russo, Vogue, "Miu Miu Introduces the Miu Miu Type Capsule Collection in Los Angeles," 14 Sep. 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 make a temporary encampment

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