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interpret

[in-tur-prit] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪt/
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.
  1. 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.
  2. 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
1350-1400; Middle English interpreten < Latin interpretārī, derivative of interpret- (stem of interpres) explainer
Related forms
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
Synonym Study
1. See explain.
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Examples for interpreting
  • But the computers can still struggle with interpreting local jargon and metaphors.
  • The revealing and interpreting of the unconscious takes place under constant resistance on the part of the patient.
  • Docs can be a better guide than their fictional counterparts to interpreting the modern world.
  • They work by sending out pulses of high-frequency sound and then interpreting the reflections as images.
  • Still, economists caution against interpreting these figures to mean that defaulting boosts growth.
  • However, one must avoid ecological fallacy when interpreting this evidence.
  • Perhaps because regulators think they are better at gathering and interpreting information than markets.
  • Curiously enough, one such category is interpreting human facial expressions.
  • When interpreting economic statistics, one has to always remember that demographic groups are not fixed.
  • The mirror was giving visual feedback that the sensory cortex was interpreting as a real hand.
British Dictionary definitions for interpreting

interpret

/ɪnˈtɜːprɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to clarify or explain the meaning of; elucidate
2.
(transitive) to construe the significance or intention of to interpret a smile as an invitation
3.
(transitive) to convey or represent the spirit or meaning of (a poem, song, etc) in performance
4.
(intransitive) to act as an interpreter; translate orally
Derived Forms
interpretable, adjective
interpretability, interpretableness, noun
interpretably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin interpretārī, from interpres negotiator, one who explains, from inter- + -pres, probably related to pretiumprice
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Word Origin and History for interpreting
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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