[ in-tur-prit ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr prɪt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to translate what is said in a foreign language.
to explain something; give an explanation.

Origin of interpret

1350–1400; Middle English interpreten < Latin interpretārī, derivative of interpret- (stem of interpres) explainer

synonym study for interpret

1. See explain.

OTHER WORDS FROM interpret Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for interpret

/ (ɪnˈtɜːprɪt) /


(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

Derived forms of interpret

interpretable, adjectiveinterpretability or interpretableness, nouninterpretably, adverb

Word Origin for interpret

C14: from Latin interpretārī, from interpres negotiator, one who explains, from inter- + -pres, probably related to pretium price
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