[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. interpolated extrasystole,
  2. interpolation,
  3. interpolator,
  4. interpose,
  5. interposition,
  6. interpretable,
  7. interpretation,
  8. interpretative,
  9. interpreted language,
  10. interpreter

Origin of interpret

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

Related forms

Synonym study

1. See explain. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interpretable

  • It has already been seen how the “instinct” of the blow-fly to lay its egg on meat is interpretable as a chemotropic response.

    Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
  • The four forms of lenses are interpretable by means of equation .

  • The proof that nature is interpretable is that we have, at least in part, been able to interpret her.

    Lux Mundi|Various

British Dictionary definitions for interpretable


/ (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 Formsinterpretable, 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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Word Origin and History for interpretable
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