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interpret

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of interpret

  1. 1 to make plain or understandable a biblical passage that scholars haven't been able to interpret to everyone's satisfaction Synonyms of interpret clarify, clear (up), construe, demonstrate, demystify, elucidate, explicate, expound, get across, illuminate, illustrate, explain, simplify, spell out, unriddleWords Related to interpret decipher, decode; analyze, break down; disentangle, undo, unravel, unscramble, untangle; resolve, solve; define, specify; annotate, commentate, glossNear Antonyms of interpret befog, cloud; confound, confuse, obfuscateAntonyms of interpret obscure

  2. 2 to present a portrayal or performance of interpreted the role of Fletcher Christian in a challengingly new way Synonyms of interpret do, impersonate, act, perform, play, portrayWords Related to interpret depict, dramatize, render, represent; act out, enact, pantomime, playact, role-play, take on; overact, overplay, underplay; ape, clown, ham, imitate, masquerade, mime, mimic, pose (as); star (in); coact, costar

Synonym Discussion of interpret

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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