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 The 49ers could also try using nose tackle D.J. Jones on passing downs to see if his excellent quickness translates into a pass-rushing role. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Now what? The 49ers will look to address several areas in the NFL draft," 29 Mar. 2020 Los Tres Tristes Tigres, a musical group whose name translates to the Three Sad Tigers, wrote a corrido about the situation gripping the world. New York Times, "Looking for Hope, Uplift or Just a Distraction From Virus Fears? Read On.," 28 Mar. 2020 Los Tres Tristes Tigres, a musical group whose name translates to the Three Sad Tigers, wrote a corrido about the situation gripping the world. Rick Rojas, BostonGlobe.com, "Looking for hope, uplift, or just a distraction from virus fears? Read on.," 28 Mar. 2020 As of yesterday, 11,000 have been tested in L.A. County, translating to 11 percent of positive cases. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "L.A. County Officials Order Unprecedented Closure of Beaches, Trails and Bike Paths," 27 Mar. 2020 Fischer has done numerous interviews translated to Spanish with media outlets like Poder Radio and Al Dia en America. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "'It takes a village.' Getting coronavirus information to Kentucky's non-English speakers," 25 Mar. 2020 Peru is providing teaching material via TV and radio, translated into 10 indigenous languages, to help learners deal with isolation. Angelina Jolie, Time, "Closing Schools Has Derailed the Lives of Kids All Over the World. Here's How We Can Help Them Keep Learning," 25 Mar. 2020 The walls feature a large world map, colorful posters translating common words and Willie Horton’s keys for success, hung in a frame. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Inside the Detroit Tigers' Dominican academy, there's hope for the future," 22 Mar. 2020 Federal policymakers are trying to prevent the temporary stop in commerce from translating into permanent dislocations for companies that face ongoing overhead expenses and workers who have to pay mortgages and student debt. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "Senate GOP unveils $1,200 direct cash payments in massive stimulus proposal," 19 Mar. 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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2 Apr 2020

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“Translate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/translate. Accessed 9 Apr. 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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