translate

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verb trans·late \ tran(t)s-ˈlāt , tranz- ; ˈtran(t)s-ˌlāt , ˈtranz- \

Definition of translate

translated; translating
transitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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 into
  • believes that tax cuts will translate into economic growth

translatability

play \(ˌ)tran(t)s-ˌlā-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē, (ˌ)tranz-\ noun

translatable

play \tran(t)s-ˈlā-tə-bəl, tranz-\ adjective

translator

play \ˈtran(t)s-ˌlā-tər, ˈtranz-; tran(t)s-ˈlā-tər, tranz-\ noun

Examples of translate in a Sentence

  1. My client speaks only Spanish. Will you translate for me?

  2. The French word bonjour translates as hello in English.

  3. We need someone who can translate Japanese into English.

  4. We have translated the report.

  5. The book has been translated into 37 languages.

  6. Can you translate this technical jargon?

  7. Seventy million Americans—that translates into one American out of every four—are under the age of 24.

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Origin and Etymology of 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

translate Synonyms



TRANSLATE Defined for English Language Learners

translate

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verb

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

translate

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verb trans·late \ trans-ˈlāt \

Definition of translate for Students

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

translator

\-ˈlā-tər\ noun

Medical Dictionary

translate

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transitive verb trans·late \ tran(t)s-ˈlāt, tranz- \

medical Definition of translate

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


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