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[trans-ley-ter, tranz-, trans-ley-ter, tranz-] /trænsˈleɪ tər, trænz-, ˈtræns leɪ tər, ˈtrænz-/
Also, translater. a person who translates.
Television. a relay station that receives programming on one frequency and rebroadcasts it at another frequency for improved local reception.
Origin of translator
1350-1400; Middle English translatour (< Middle French) < Late Latin translātor (Latin: one who transfers a thing); see translate, -tor Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for translator


/trænsˈleɪtə; trænz-/
a person or machine that translates speech or writing
(radio) a relay transmitter that retransmits a signal on a carrier frequency different from that on which it was received
(computing) a computer program that converts a program from one language to another
Derived Forms
translatorial, adjective
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Word Origin and History for translator

mid-14c., from Old French translator (12c.) or directly from Latin translatorem, agent noun from transferre (see transfer).

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