interpretation

[in-tur-pri-tey-shuhn]
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; Middle English < Latin interpretātiōn- (stem of interpretātiō). See interpret, -ation

interpretational, adjective
noninterpretational, adjective
overinterpretation, noun
preinterpretation, noun
reinterpretation, noun
self-interpretation, noun
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interpretation (ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən)
 
n
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
 
interpre'tational
 
adj

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interpretation
late 14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-Fr.), from Fr. interprétation (12c.), from L. interpretationem, noun of action from interpretari (see interpret).
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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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Example sentences
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