Definition of translate
1a : to turn into one's own or another languageb : to transfer or turn from one set of symbols into another : transcribec (1) : to express in different terms and especially different words : paraphrase (2) : to express in more comprehensible terms : explain, interpret
2a : to bear, remove, or change from one place, state, form, or appearance to another : transfer, transform translate ideas into actionb : to convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without deathc : to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another
3 : enrapture
4 : to subject to mathematical translation
5 : to subject (genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis
1 : to practice translation or make a translation; also : to admit of or be adaptable to translation a word that doesn't translate easily
2 : to undergo a translation
translatabilityplay \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)tranz-\ noun
translatableplay \tran(t)s-ˈlā-tə-bəl, tranz-\ adjective
Examples of translate in a sentence
My client speaks only Spanish. Will you translate for me?
The French word “bonjour” translates as “hello” in English.
We need someone who can translate Japanese into English.
We have translated the report.
The book has been translated into 37 languages.
Can you translate this technical jargon?
Seventy million Americans—that translates into one American out of every four—are under the age of 24.
TRANSLATE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of translate for English Language Learners
: to change words from one language into another language
: to explain (something) in a way that is easier to understand
: to have the same meaning
TRANSLATE Defined for Kids
Definition of translate for Students
1 : to turn from one language into another
2 : to change from one form to another Let's translate words into action.
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