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interpret

verb

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1 to make plain or understandable
  • a biblical passage that scholars haven't been able to interpret to everyone's satisfaction

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2 to present a portrayal or performance of
  • interpreted the role of Fletcher Christian in a challengingly new way

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explain, expound, explicate, elucidate, interpret mean to make something clear or understandable. explain implies a making plain or intelligible what is not immediately obvious or entirely known. explain the rules expound implies a careful often elaborate explanation. expounding a scientific theory explicate adds the idea of a developed or detailed analysis. explicate a poem elucidate stresses the throwing of light upon as by offering details or motives previously unclear or only implicit. elucidate an obscure passage interpret adds to explain the need for imagination or sympathy or special knowledge in dealing with something. interpreting a work of art

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

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“Interpret.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/interpret. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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