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.
Recent Examples of translate from the Web
But the candidate was merely translating into the vernacular the somewhat more carefully hedged promises his party had made for years into terms in which they were meant to be understood.
Vladimir Putin’s chief ideologist, Alexander Dugin— whom Bannon has also read and cited—translated Evola’s work into Russian and later developed a Russian-nationalist variant of Traditionalism known as Eurasianism.
Another AI startup, iFlytek, has developed a voice assistant that translates Mandarin into several languages, including English and German, even if the speaker uses slang and talks over background noise.
There were coaches in the past who were translating and other times there weren’t any translation opportunities at all,
The Sheriff's Office realized that some of the limitations from in-car cameras, installed in agency cars shortly after Gahler became sheriff in 2014, will translate to similar limitations of body cameras, Simpson said.
Translated directly, the name means milk of teeth or baby tooth.
Having to work part-time throughout my junior and senior years to provide for my personal expenses taught me the importance of independence, which translated into understanding myself more.
This translates into a loss of around 600 residents from a typical county.
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Origin and Etymology of translate
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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