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interpret

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1 to make plain or understandable
  • a passage in the poem that scholars haven't been able to interpret to everyone's satisfaction
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2 to present a portrayal or performance of
  • The actor 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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