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interpretation

[ in-tur-pri-tey-shuhn ]
/ ɪnˌtɜr prɪˈteɪ ʃən /
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noun

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.

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Origin of interpretation

1250–1300; Middle English <Latin interpretātiōn- (stem of interpretātiō). See interpret, -ation

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British Dictionary definitions for interpretation

interpretation
/ (ɪnˌtɜːprɪˈteɪʃən) /

noun

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

Derived forms of interpretation

interpretational, adjective
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Medical definitions for interpretation

interpretation
[ ĭn-tûr′prĭ-tāshən ]

n.

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.

Other words from interpretation

in•terpret v.
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