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 reinterpret (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Send a strong message to migrants and smugglers who often reinterpret announcements to use them to their advantage, Giammattei said, according to a senior Guatemalan official who spoke to CNN. Paula Newton, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 The Hancock Shaker Village in western Massachusetts has been collaborating with artists and designers like James Turrell, Maya Lin, and Studio Gorm to find ways to reinterpret Shaker objects (and boost tourism in the village). Diana Budds, Curbed, 20 Aug. 2021 Birch & Rye, a contemporary Russian restaurant headed to Noe Valley, will reinterpret the food of owner Anya El-Wattar’s native country through a Bay Area lens. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 July 2021 Escámez tapped various Spanish artists to reinterpret local traditions, like actress turned jewelry designer Mar del Hoyo. Shelby Comroe, Marie Claire, 23 Apr. 2021 Some artists chose to reinterpret classic Renaissance and modern painters in the context of Covid-19. Manavi Kapur, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2021 Gunia Project is an exciting new design practice of two young female artists, who explore traditional Ukrainian crafts and techniques, and reinterpret them in a contemporary, slightly naive manner. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, 26 Feb. 2021 At the museum, visitors can enjoy Lichtenstein's Water Lilies With Reflections series, a limited edition of large-screen prints that reinterpret Monet's water lilies. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 25 Feb. 2021 The Excellence to produce and reinterpret the song. Nile Fortner,, 19 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of reinterpret

1611, in the meaning defined above

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“Reinterpret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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