trans·​la·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce translation (audio) , tranz-\

Definition of translation

1 : an act, process, or instance of translating: such as
a : a rendering from one language into another also : the product of such a rendering
b : a change to a different substance, form, or appearance : conversion
c(1) : a transformation of coordinates in which the new axes are parallel to the old ones
(2) : uniform motion of a body in a straight line
2 : the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription sense 3

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Other Words from translation

translational \ tran(t)s-​ˈlā-​shnəl How to pronounce translational (audio) , tranz-​ , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for translation


paraphrase, rephrasing, restatement, restating, rewording, translating


quotation, quote

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Examples of translation in a Sentence

She is working on a translation of the novel. a new translation of the Iliad There were English translations on the menu. the translation of economic power into political strength
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Online news site Motherboard reported last month that Microsoft contractors have listened to personal conversations of Skype users conducted through the app’s translation service. Jay Greene, Washington Post, "Microsoft’s president chides Facebook, urges new approaches to combat weaponization of tech," 8 Sep. 2019 Shawe's interest in the Chancery Court stems from the legal problems of her son's translation software company, TransPerfect, which was embroiled in very costly years-long litigation in the chancery system. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "Woman angry at Biden buys $500,000 in ads against him," 29 Aug. 2019 According to Brian King, the deputy director of research translation at the Office on Smoking and Health at the CDC, ultrafine particles containing heavy metals such as lead are a concern as well as which chemicals are used in flavor pods. Sarah Midkiff,, "First Death Linked To Vaping Reported Amid Escalating Illness," 24 Aug. 2019 And each translation is only sent back to the user who requested it. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Book publishers sue Audible to stop new speech-to-text feature," 24 Aug. 2019 Strauss worked from a German translation by the poet Hedwig Lachmann, who belonged to socialist-anarchist circles in Berlin. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Endless, Grisly Fascination of Richard Strauss’s “Salome”," 21 Aug. 2019 Bellaire Police Officer Barrientos assisted with Spanish translation in this investigation. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 19 Aug. 2019 Scientists can now use molecules called antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs) to modify this process by binding to RNA and altering translation. Bret Stetka, Scientific American, "Antisense Drugs for Huntington’s, ALS and Prion Diseases Could Meet the Dire Need for Brain Treatments," 15 Aug. 2019 What is translation if not an intimate act between two people, away from the eyes of the world? Constance Grady, Vox, "Jane Austen was shockingly underpaid compared to other authors of her era," 10 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of translation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of translation

: words that have been changed from one language into a different language : words that have been translated
: the act or process of translating something into a different language
formal : the act or process of changing something from one form to another


trans·​la·​tion | \ trans-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce translation (audio) \

Kids Definition of translation

: the act, process, or result of changing from one form or language into another


trans·​la·​tion | \ tran(t)s-ˈlā-shən, tranz- How to pronounce translation (audio) \

Medical Definition of translation

: the process of forming a protein molecule at a ribosomal site of protein synthesis from information contained in messenger RNA — compare transcription

Other Words from translation

translational \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce translational (audio) \ adjective

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