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 Instead of paying them a salary like all the other employees, boards began granting stock options to senior management so that higher profits and share prices would automatically translate into higher compensation. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "How Corporations Pillaged the Free Market," 14 Sep. 2020 With more than 25 million views of Opry shows since the pandemic hit, The Opry Group hopes the same enthusiasm for their high-quality content will translate to the Ryman performances. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "The Ryman Auditorium to Welcome In-Person Audiences Starting This Week," 1 Sep. 2020 But how that will translate to being under pressure in games will have to wait. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State QB Rocky Lombardi was the favorite to win starting job this fall. Now what?," 27 Aug. 2020 Supporters of Biden, though, see his ability to bring a wide swath of ideological wings together as one of his strengths and that the lack of disaffected progressive voters will translate to an electoral advantage. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "'Settle for Biden' agrees with Matt Gaetz on 'woketopian' aim to control Biden," 24 Aug. 2020 How much of what the Spurs found in Orlando can translate to next season will define the speed and success of the ongoing rebuild. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "As the cusp of a rebuild, the Spurs face key questions," 15 Aug. 2020 Now, Chavez hopes that the changes will translate to more political power for Arizona Latinos, many of whom have felt alienated by the Republican Party’s rhetoric on racial justice and immigration. Jose A. Del Real, Washington Post, "Latinos transformed Arizona. Do campaigns see them?," 29 July 2020 Those fans concerned about how the story will translate to the small screen, know that the script in good hands. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Magpie Murders Is Being Made into a TV Show," 23 July 2020 The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, estimates that the precipitous drop could translate to a reduction in total emissions of 4 to 7 percent for 2020, depending on how swiftly global activity resumes. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Carbon Emissions Are Decreasing During the Pandemic but Could Bounce Back Fast," 22 May 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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21 Sep 2020

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“Translate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/translate. Accessed 21 Sep. 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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