interpret

[in-tur-prit]
verb (used with object)
1.
to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate: to interpret the hidden meaning of a parable.
2.
to construe or understand in a particular way: to interpret a reply as favorable.
3.
to bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, music, etc.) by performance or execution.
4.
to perform or render (a song, role in a play, etc.) according to one's own understanding or sensitivity: The actor interpreted Lear as a weak, pitiful old man.
5.
to translate orally.
6.
Computers.
a.
to transform (a program written in a high-level language) with an interpreter into a sequence of machine actions, one statement at a time, executing each statement immediately before going on to transform the next one.
b.
to read (the patterns of holes in punched cards) with an interpreter, printing the interpreted data on the same cards so that they can be read more conveniently by people. Compare interpreter ( def 3 ).
verb (used without object)
7.
to translate what is said in a foreign language.
8.
to explain something; give an explanation.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English interpreten < Latin interpretārī, derivative of interpret- (stem of interpres) explainer

interpretable, adjective
interpretability, interpretableness, noun
interpretably, adverb
noninterpretability, noun
noninterpretable, adjective
preinterpret, verb (used with object)
reinterpret, verb
self-interpreted, adjective
self-interpreting, adjective
uninterpretable, adjective
uninterpreted, adjective
well-interpreted, adjective


1. See explain.
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interpret (ɪnˈtɜːprɪt)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to clarify or explain the meaning of; elucidate
2.  (tr) to construe the significance or intention of: to interpret a smile as an invitation
3.  (tr) to convey or represent the spirit or meaning of (a poem, song, etc) in performance
4.  (intr) to act as an interpreter; translate orally
 
[C14: from Latin interpretārī, from interpres negotiator, one who explains, from inter- + -pres, probably related to pretiumprice]
 
in'terpretable
 
adj
 
interpreta'bility
 
n
 
in'terpretableness
 
n
 
in'terpretably
 
adv

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interpret
late 14c., from L. interpretari "explain, expound, understand," from interpres "agent, translator," from inter- + second element of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Skt. prath- "to spread abroad."
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Example sentences
We each interpret our experiences and reality in a way that makes sense to each
  of us.
That's why so many students around the world are not able to read and
  understand, interpret and make inferences.
Likewise, how you define words will impact how you interpret combinations of
  words.
But not all modern realists interpret their creed in so mechanical a manner.
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