translate

verb
trans·​late | \ tran(t)s-ˈlāt How to pronounce translate (audio) , tranz-; ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt, ˈtranz- \
translated; translating

Definition of translate

transitive verb

1a : to turn into one's own or another language
b : to transfer or turn from one set of symbols into another : transcribe
c(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 action
b : to convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without death
c : to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another
4 : to subject to mathematical translation
5 : to subject (genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis

intransitive verb

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
3 : lead, result usually used with intobelieves that tax cuts will translate into economic growth

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Other Words from translate

translatability \ (ˌ)tran(t)s-​ˌlā-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce translatability (audio) , (ˌ)tranz-​ \ noun
The translatability of other native two-dimensional designs into the commercial medium of silk screens, however, may not be so clearcut. — Margaret B. Blackman et al.
translatable \ tran(t)s-​ˈlā-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce translatable (audio) , tranz-​ \ adjective
The word is of Derrida's own coinage and is deliberately ambiguous (and therefore not translatable), being derived from the French … — Ann Jefferson … but the resultant information is spotty and not readily translatable into an average national trend. — Barry Commoner
translator \ ˈtran(t)s-​ˌlā-​tər How to pronounce translator (audio) , ˈtranz-​ ; tran(t)s-​ˈlā-​tər , tranz-​ \ noun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web However, this has never been translated into profit and Wayfair has chalked up huge losses over an extended period of time. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "Wayfair lays off 3% of its staff as it streamlines operations amid struggles to make a profit," 13 Feb. 2020 It was translated with Xu's permission into English by China scholar Geremie Barme. James Griffiths, CNN, "The fallout from the death of a Chinese doctor is turning into a major challenge for Xi Jinping," 13 Feb. 2020 Those figures are translated into star ratings and used to identify achievement gaps and schools in the bottom 5%. Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Bill would dramatically alter how Kentucky identifies and supports low-performing schools," 11 Feb. 2020 Darwish made this delightful confession in one of five interviews that have been translated into English for the first time by Amira El-Zein and Carolyn Forché and collected in Palestine as Metaphor. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "‘This Land Is Mine’," 11 Feb. 2020 Attorney Jennifer Wood of the Center for Justice in Providence got together with other lawyers to create a six-page packet of legal documents that's been translated into Spanish and other languages. TheWeek, "Fearing detention, undocumented immigrants seek ways to appoint guardians for their children," 2 Feb. 2020 So every line of Mandarin Chinese spoken in the film was translated and cross-checked by different translators. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, "'American Factory' Directors Talk Trump, Globalization and Oscar Gold," 27 Jan. 2020 Such pictorial effects are translated into sculptural form in a floral table lamp with individual glowing blossoms shaped like greenish pond lilies, or trailing wisteria vines. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Tiffany lamp show at Cleveland Museum of Art brightens dark time of year," 12 Jan. 2020 After many years of neglect in the English-speaking world, most of Onetti’s novels have since been translated, but until now there has been no complete edition of his stories in English. Edmund White, Harper's magazine, "Existential Noir," 6 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of translate

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 2a

History and Etymology for translate

Middle English, from Anglo-French translater, from Latin translatus (past participle of transferre to transfer, translate), from trans- + latus, past participle of ferre to carry — more at tolerate, bear

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The first known use of translate was in the 14th century

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20 Feb 2020

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“Translate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/translate. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for translate

translate

verb
How to pronounce translate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of translate

: 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

verb
trans·​late | \ trans-ˈlāt How to pronounce translate (audio) \
translated; translating

Kids Definition of translate

1 : to turn from one language into another
2 : to change from one form to another Let's translate words into action.

Other Words from translate

translator \ -​ˈlā-​tər \ noun

translate

transitive verb
trans·​late | \ tran(t)s-ˈlāt, tranz- How to pronounce translate (audio) \
translated; translating

Medical Definition of translate

: to subject (as genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis

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