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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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  • Grotius, on examining the Dutch translation, found the translator often wilfully deviating from the true sense of the original.

  • The boy's were shining with the impersonal zeal of the translator.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry
  • It is not the business of a translator to attempt to outdo all others in singing the praises of his raw material.

  • The translator accepts all responsibility for the English translation.

    The Peace Negotiations J. D. Kestell
  • The reader must not identify the translator with these opinions, which, however, he did not feel at liberty to modify or omit.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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