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.
Recent Examples on the Web Anne Kingsmill Finch’s libretto spryly comments on the easygoing Restoration hedonism of Charles’s court with 17th-century insider jokes that director Julia Bengtsson has reinterpreted as generic, winking irony. Washington Post, "Opera Lafayette shows political sycophancy, 17th-century style," 22 Nov. 2019 Some of the most popular iterations sees a person reinterpreting history with some very deep cuts. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "You're Gonna Tell Your Kids About These Comically Misleading Memes That Are Rewriting History Forever," 19 Nov. 2019 Barr’s decision, the latest in a series of actions by President Trump’s attorneys general to reinterpret immigration law, is certain to be challenged in federal court. Bob Egelko,, "Newsom runs up against US Justice Department rules in pardoning immigrants," 8 Nov. 2019 Ferrándiz, who was on the special commission, agrees and said that visitors should be given tools to reinterpret the memorial. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Franco’s Body Is Exhumed, as Spain Still Struggles to Confront the Past," 26 Oct. 2019 Museum co-directors Molly Alloy and Nathanael Andreini invited Fogel to reinterpret the exhibit, which was about 15 years old. oregonlive, "Washington County Museum’s revamped Kalapuya exhibit is now framed from a Native perspective," 30 Sep. 2019 Desserts were being reinterpreted, deconstructed and reconstructed on tall scaffoldings made of spun sugar, airy mousses and puff pastry. Julia Moskin, New York Times, "A Pastry Chef’s Book, and Life, Start Again," 5 Nov. 2019 The rules can be changed, or perhaps reinterpreted, to put off a trial until some future date. Bob Egelko,, "Despite a GOP majority, if Trump is impeached he faces Senate trial," 27 Sep. 2019 The Italian brand has reinterpreted the brand’s iconic style, updating its construction and using superior quality leathers for their sophisticated new take. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Work Bag That’s Perfect for Every Type of Job," 13 Sep. 2019

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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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30 Nov 2019

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“Reinterpret.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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