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interpret

[ in-tur-prit ]
/ ɪnˈtɜr prɪt /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

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Origin of interpret

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

OTHER WORDS FROM interpret

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What are other ways to say interpret?

To interpret is to give or provide the meaning of something, or to construe or understand something in a particular way. What’s the difference between interpret, elucidate, expound, and explain? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for interpret

interpret
/ (ɪnˈtɜːprɪt) /

verb

(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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