verb (used with object)
- 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.
verb (used without object)
Origin of interpret
Examples from the Web for interpret
The impulse to interpret seems to me what makes personal essay writing compelling.Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination|Mindy Farabee|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As Testino explains, he decided to interpret each of the pillars via six unique characters.
Many Muslims may disagree with my view, or interpret Islam in a more moderate way, but I cannot accept this religion myself.
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|Samantha Allen|November 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We must not interpret gains as an outright victory—nothing could be more dangerous.
Many of the ladies had no French and many no English, and those who knew both languages had to interpret for the others.Mary Tudor, Queen of France|Mary Croom Brown
Leigh made an angry gesture, which was easy enough to interpret—“How am I to get rid of this insolent cad?”Cursed by a Fortune|George Manville Fenn
I am as yet unable to interpret satisfactorily any of the compound characters of which these supposed men glyphs form a part.Day Symbols of the Maya Year|Cyrus Thomas
I rather wouldn't like, as you say, to interpret—I would be very happy to relate everything I know.Warren Commission (9 of 26): Hearings Vol. IX (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
The smile that Van Dusen found so hard to interpret was the outward expression of great things within the old man's soul.When the Cock Crows|Waldron Baily
British Dictionary definitions for interpret
Word Origin for interpret
Word Origin and History 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.