- the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer's work demands interpretation.
- an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work; an elucidation: an interpretation of a poem.
- a conception of another's behavior: a charitable interpretation of his tactlessness.
- a way of interpreting.
- the rendering of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning, or to indicate one's particular conception of it.
- oral translation.
Origin of interpretation
Related Wordsperception, clarification, explanation, analysis, meaning, translation, reading, judgment, knowing, grip, apprehension, slant, insight, assimilation, discernment, comprehension, grasp, awareness
Examples from the Web for interpretation
It became more about the people and their artwork and their interpretation of Daryl.Norman Reedus on Motorcycles, Multitasking, And That Mid-Season Finale: “This Was A Rough One”
December 2, 2014
One interpretation suggests he is the embodiment of whisky, a lewd allusion to a tenured tradition of Scottish alcoholism.Scotland’s ‘Yes’ Campaign and the Myth of Scottish Equality
September 18, 2014
His reply left no room for interpretation: “We will never change the name of the team.”It’s Official: ‘Redskins’ Is Racist, but Will the Team or NFL Listen?
June 18, 2014
The interpretation of the Tiananmen crackdown remains a charged issue in China, both politically and emotionally.The Tiananmen Square Museum That’s Shocking China’s Tourists
May 30, 2014
The Watchers are a very ancient tradition, going back over two thousand years in Jewish and Christian interpretation.‘Noah’: The Bible vs. the Blockbuster
March 30, 2014
"It may be better not to seek the interpretation," persists Eve.The New Adam and Eve (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
That, I think, must be regarded as sound, and a just interpretation of the law.Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 7.
Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
Leonora neither accepted nor rejected my interpretation of what had passed.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
Let us look for a moment at these two ideas: interpretation and guidance.
So much for the use of the subject-matter in interpretation.
- the act or process of interpreting or explaining; elucidation
- the result of interpreting; an explanation
- a particular view of an artistic work, esp as expressed by stylistic individuality in its performance
- explanation, as of the environment, a historical site, etc, provided by the use of original objects, personal experience, visual display material, etc
- logic an allocation of significance to the terms of a purely formal system, by specifying ranges for the variables, denotations for the individual constants, etc; a function from the formal language to such elements of a possible world
Word Origin and History for interpretation
mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French interpretacion (12c.) and directly from Latin interpretationem (nominative interpretatio) "explanation, exposition," noun of action from past participle stem of interpretari (see interpret).
- The act or process of explaining the meaning of something.
- A psychotherapist's explanation of the meaning of a patient's remarks, dreams, memories, experiences, and behavior.