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 Hollon said there were about 200 logins during the service, which would translate to about 500 viewers. Richard A. Marini, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio churches put out a virtual welcome to Sunday worshipers during coronavirus crisis," 15 Mar. 2020 The battery technology allows for greater energy density, which translates into more range from the same size pack as a lithium-ion battery. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Samsung Reveals Breakthrough: Solid-State EV Battery with 500-Mile Range," 12 Mar. 2020 Sprint, which is being acquired by T-Mobile, is using a hybrid approach to 5G, which translated into a better balance between speed and coverage. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "How Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile rank on 5G speeds," 11 Mar. 2020 Kate Middleton's been in the public eye for over a decade, which has translated to her every style and beauty choice getting analyzed by royal watchers and the press. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kate Middleton Hasn't Been Wearing Nail Polish for Months, and Nobody's Noticed," 4 Mar. 2020 The property goes for around £11, 275 a night which translates to $14,505.63 USD dollars. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "We Found Where Kylie Jenner Is Staying in the Bahamas and It Costs Almost $15,000 a Night," 4 Mar. 2020 The other thing is energy, which translates directly to vehicle range. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's secret weapon has a passion for batteries and came from NASA," 4 Mar. 2020 The transcendent and defining flavor in Blue Pacific’s Pad Thai is wok hei, which translates to breath of a wok. al, "These are the 10 best restaurants in Birmingham in 2020," 3 Mar. 2020 The Fed is wary of increasing rates that could hinder corporate growth, which has translated into an extreme laissez-faire approach to bank mergers and acquisitions. Alex Mashinsky, Quartz, "Your own bank is getting in the way of your financial stability," 19 Feb. 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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19 Mar 2020

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“Translate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/translate. Accessed 29 Mar. 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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