- to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate: to interpret the hidden meaning of a parable.
- to construe or understand in a particular way: to interpret a reply as favorable.
- to bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, music, etc.) by performance or execution.
- to perform or render (a song, role in a play, etc.) according to one's own understanding or sensitivity: The actor interpreted Lear as a weak, pitiful old man.
- to translate orally.
- to use an interpreter to transform (a program written in a high-level language) into a sequence of machine actions, one statement at a time, executing each statement immediately before going on to transform the next one.
- to read (the patterns of holes in punched cards) with an interpreter, printing the interpreted data on the same cards so that they can be read more conveniently by people.
- to translate what is said in a foreign language.
- to explain something; give an explanation.
Origin of interpret
Examples from the Web for interpreted
Contemporary Examples of interpreted
To be sure, Jefferson did share the credit, but not in the way such a resolution might be interpreted.Forget the Resolutions; Try a Few Declarations
January 1, 2015
Interpreted more broadly, the phrase loses meaning: what constitutes the necessary threshold of realism?The Birth of the Novel
November 27, 2014
Death is interpreted differently by various people, cultures, and even science.What It’s Like to Wake Up Dead
Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad
November 21, 2014
This statement, interpreted by many in the media as a sign that the epidemic is abating, prompts more questions than answers.The WHO’s Big Asterisk on Liberia’s Ebola Case Decrease
October 31, 2014
But the question of how it will be interpreted, like so much else in Luhansk, remains an open question.Ukraine Rebels Love Russia, Hate Gays, Threaten Executions
October 25, 2014
Historical Examples of interpreted
Chip saw and interpreted the glance, somewhat contemptuously.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
The book of Christianity must be interpreted by the disciples of Christianity.Understanding the Scriptures
She nodded her head towards the door, and he interpreted this to mean Miss Squibb.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
The coincidence was interpreted by Casanova as a propitious sign.Casanova's Homecoming
The look in her eyes I interpreted as a warning that I was not to recognize Zimmern.City of Endless Night
- (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
Word Origin for interpret
late 14c., from Old French interpreter (13c.) and directly from Latin interpretari "explain, expound, understand," from interpres "agent, translator," from inter- (see inter-) + second element of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Sanskrit prath- "to spread abroad," PIE *per- (5) "to traffic in, sell" (see pornography). Related: Interpreted; interpreting.