re·​trans·​late | \ ˌrē-tran(t)s-ˈlāt How to pronounce retranslate (audio) , -tranz- \
retranslated; retranslating; retranslates

Definition of retranslate

transitive verb

: to translate (a translation) into another language also : to give a new form to

intransitive verb

: to retranslate something

Other Words from retranslate

retranslation \ ˌrē-​tran(t)s-​ˈlā-​shən How to pronounce retranslate (audio) , -​tranz-​ \ noun

Examples of retranslate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The most obvious embodiment of this trend was the Saturday headliner Billie Eilish, who has achieved superstar status by seeming to retranslate the great American songbook into occult-ritual hymns. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 27 Apr. 2022 The expert retranslated a primary record of the Grayback’s sinking and found that the longitude differed from a record created in 1946. Fox News, 11 Nov. 2019 Errors are a danger, especially when words are retranslated from English into other languages. New York Times, 4 July 2019 Errors are a danger, especially when words are retranslated from English into other languages. New York Times, 4 July 2019 Knopf has taken the trouble of having some of the other books retranslated into English for their rerelease. Janet Maslin, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2018 This question made me rethink — and retranslate — the Korean greeting, and realize how hasehyo could be taken as a more forceful verb, insinuating a command. Nami Mun, New York Times, 10 Jan. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of retranslate

1750, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Retranslate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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