re·​in·​ter·​pret ˌrē-ən-ˈtər-prət How to pronounce reinterpret (audio)
reinterpreted; reinterpreting; reinterprets

transitive verb

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

Example Sentences

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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Word History

First Known Use

1611, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of reinterpret was in 1611

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Cite this Entry

“Reinterpret.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

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re·​in·​ter·​pret ˌrē-ən-ˈtər-prət How to pronounce reinterpret (audio)
: to interpret again
especially : to give a new or different interpretation to
reinterpretation noun

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