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 That’s not the only component of traditional, arena-style Call of Duty that translated to Warzone, though. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "I played Warzone with two Call of Duty professionals. Here’s what I learned.," 19 May 2020 Species from these places often have thick or leathery leaves, aromatic resins, and slower growth that translates to fewer pests, less watering, and little to no trimming. Derek Carwood, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Tough Plants Can Take Nearly Anything Nature Throws at Them," 19 May 2020 Now this is a game that translated perfectly from the studio to video chat and McFarlane absolutely nailed it with characters from Family Guy and a few other impressions. Heather Gardner, EW.com, "This week's best in late-night: Bill Murray gives advice from the tub, Seth McFarlane sings impressions," 15 May 2020 So if the revenues from bitcoin mining fall by half, that will ultimately translate to miners spending about half as much to produce those bitcoins. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Bitcoin’s “halving” is bad for miners, good for everyone else," 12 May 2020 May 2020’s full moon phase occurs at precisely 10:45 Universal Time on Thursday, May 7 — a global time that translates to 6:45 a.m. ET and 3:45 a.m. PT. Jamie Carter, Travel + Leisure, "The Final Supermoon of 2020 Rises This Week — Here's How to See It," 2 May 2020 Given that many broadband connections average only about 25-30 Mbps, that translates to a very noticeable 10-12x improvement. Bob O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Can 5G become your new broadband connection?," 30 Apr. 2020 For skin, that often translates to oiliness and breakouts, and an increase in inflammatory skin conditions. Daniela Morosini, refinery29.com, "How To Banish Tired-Looking Skin — Without Makeup," 29 Apr. 2020 Some areas across Los Angeles are expected to see 90-plus-degree temperatures, weather that would normally translate to crowded beaches, pools and parks. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "COVID-19 Becomes Leading Cause of Death in L.A. County, Surpassing Influenza," 23 Apr. 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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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Translate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/translate. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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