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 owners come from fine dining backgrounds, experience that translates to quality eating at Taim. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Taim brings falafel nirvana from New York to Georgetown," 8 Nov. 2019 The big question for all of these races, though, is how well municipal election results translate to a national presidential election. cleveland, "Democrats claim victory from Tuesday municipal elections: The Flyover," 7 Nov. 2019 The hashtag #몬스타엑스_응원해 (roughly translating to Supporting Monsta X) has been a top trending topic worldwide on Twitter since Thursday's news. Jeff Benjamin, Billboard, "Monsta X Fans Gather on Seoul's Streets & Social Media to Condemn Wonho's Departure," 1 Nov. 2019 From 2011 to 2017, the heart failure mortality rate increased by almost 21%, translating to a 38% increase in the number of deaths attributed to the condition. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "Heart Failure Is Killing More Americans. Can the Health Care System Keep Up?," 31 Oct. 2019 As a result, the Nerazzurri's first-half build up play suffered - to the tune of over 65% first-half possession translating to a solitary shot on target. SI.com, "Brescia 1-2 Inter: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Lukaku Stunner Earns Win," 29 Oct. 2019 At its heart, A Special Relationship is a story of friendship and what better way of guaranteeing that translates to the screen than trusting the directing talents of real-life best friends and creative collaborators Bert & Bertie. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rachel Weisz Will Play Elizabeth Taylor in a New Biopic Called A Special Relationship," 28 Oct. 2019 See how Halloween translates to an influencer palace. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "wndr museum dresses up for Halloween, plus a Day of the Dead parade — here are 5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 25 Oct. 2019 And because of the overlaps between FTD and other forms of dementia like Alzheimer’s, Dr. Huey is hopeful that advances in diagnosis and treatment for one condition may translate to the other. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Things to Know About Frontotemperal Degeneration," 25 Oct. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

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

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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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