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interpretation

[in-tur-pri-tey-shuh n] /ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication:
This writer's work demands interpretation.
2.
an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work; an elucidation:
an interpretation of a poem.
3.
a conception of another's behavior:
a charitable interpretation of his tactlessness.
4.
a way of interpreting.
5.
the rendering of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning, or to indicate one's particular conception of it.
6.
oral translation.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Latin interpretātiōn- (stem of interpretātiō). See interpret, -ation
Related forms
interpretational, adjective
noninterpretational, adjective
overinterpretation, noun
preinterpretation, noun
reinterpretation, noun
self-interpretation, noun
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Examples from the web for interpretation
  • Rather, it is a mode of interpretation and understanding.
  • Alas, they also undermine its interpretation as a sign of dark energy.
  • One of the earliest objections to the faster-than-light interpretation came from an astrophysical observation.
  • Someone who arranges, creates and writes music for interpretation and performance is a composer.
  • But there's another interpretation possible here, based in part on a handful of anomalies in this trend.
  • For some musicians, interpretation is a mediation between the two.
  • The reports also said some professors were intimidating students who did not accept that interpretation of events.
  • Pose one or more questions or quotes from the authors on interpretation.
  • Your interpretation of what the agency wants, and the program officer's interpretation, can be quite different.
  • People look at a sculpture expecting to see the artist's interpretation.
British Dictionary definitions for interpretation

interpretation

/ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən/
noun
1.
the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
2.
the result of interpreting; an explanation
3.
a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
4.
explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
5.
(logic) an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
Derived Forms
interpretational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for interpretation
n.

mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French interpretacion (12c.) and directly from Latin interpretationem (nominative interpretatio) "explanation, exposition," noun of action from past participle stem of interpretari (see interpret).

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interpretation in Medicine

interpretation in·ter·pre·ta·tion (ĭn-tûr'prĭ-tā'shən)
n.

  1. The act or process of explaining the meaning of something.

  2. A psychotherapist's explanation of the meaning of a patient's remarks, dreams, memories, experiences, and behavior.


in·ter'pret v.
in·ter'pre·ta'tion·al adj.
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