- 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
Related Words for interpretportray, depict, read, illustrate, explain, describe, clarify, understand, construe, decipher, solve, translate, enact, view, comment, represent, render, improvise, image, annotate
Examples from the Web for interpret
Contemporary Examples of interpret
The impulse to interpret seems to me what makes personal essay writing compelling.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination
December 26, 2014
As Testino explains, he decided to interpret each of the pillars via six unique characters.The Restaurant, Flask, And Photography Worthy of The Macallan Whisky
December 16, 2014
Many Muslims may disagree with my view, or interpret Islam in a more moderate way, but I cannot accept this religion myself.What It’s Like to Be an Atheist in Palestine
Waleed al-Husseini, Movements.Org
December 8, 2014
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
We must not interpret gains as an outright victory—nothing could be more dangerous.Millions Promised for Ebola Not Adding Up
November 25, 2014
Historical Examples of interpret
It seeks to use it to interpret a change in its own plans and point of view.
Such phrases, and such phrases only, we may interpret metaphorically.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
With his lack of imagination, he could not interpret what this time must mean to the girl before him.Within the Law
At best they can only interpret the mind of the prophet, and can have no objective value.The Secret Agent
The generous interpret motives in extremes—ever too enthusiastic or too severe.Night and Morning, Complete
- (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 for interpret
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.