- to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate: to interpret the hidden meaning of a parable.
- to construe or understand in a particular way: to interpret a reply as favorable.
- to bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, music, etc.) by performance or execution.
- 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.
- to translate orally.
- to use an interpreter to transform (a program written in a high-level language) into a sequence of machine actions, one statement at a time, executing each statement immediately before going on to transform the next one.
- 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.
- to translate what is said in a foreign language.
- to explain something; give an explanation.
Origin of interpret
Examples from the Web for reinterpret
It was his ability to reinterpret the world that was happening right in front of him.How Mork Melted the Fonz: Henry Winkler Recalls Robin Williams’s Storming ‘Happy Days’ Debut
August 12, 2014
If the senior rabbis had the will, Michaelson said, they could reinterpret the Torah and modify Halakhic, or religious, law.Gay Orthodox Jews Sue Over Therapy That Claims to ‘Cure’ Them
November 27, 2012
I had to reinterpret everything about our lives together, going back to my earliest memories.Richard Russo Talks About New Memoir “Elsewhere” And His Mother’s Illness
November 12, 2012
There are no middlemen, no merchants to merchandise, no retailers to reinterpret.Chanel, Armani, and Givenchy Present Their Haute-Couture Collections in Paris
July 4, 2012
Such complacency leads Rich in his latest column to reinterpret American history in the light of his newly proclaimed trend.Who Made Frank Rich God?
March 16, 2009
He earnestly desired to reinterpret Christianity in the new light of his time, yet perhaps no part of his work is so futile.Edward Caldwell Moore
He tried to reinterpret Angelina's letter differently, calling his deduction an error.When the Owl Cries
How would you reinterpret Aristotle's and Hobbes's conception of human nature in the light of this definition?Introduction to the Science of Sociology
Robert E. Park
Even her nobler motives she tended to reinterpret from some cynical point of view.What Will People Say?
- to interpret (an idea, etc) in a new or different way
- (tr) to clarify or explain the meaning of; elucidate
- (tr) to construe the significance or intention ofto interpret a smile as an invitation
- (tr) to convey or represent the spirit or meaning of (a poem, song, etc) in performance
- (intr) to act as an interpreter; translate orally
Word Origin and History for reinterpret
late 14c., from Old French interpreter (13c.) and directly from Latin interpretari "explain, expound, understand," from interpres "agent, translator," from inter- (see inter-) + second element of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Sanskrit prath- "to spread abroad," PIE *per- (5) "to traffic in, sell" (see pornography). Related: Interpreted; interpreting.