verb (used with object), trans·lat·ed, trans·lat·ing.
- to move (a bishop) from one see to another.
- to move (a see) from one place to another.
- to move (relics) from one place to another.
verb (used without object), trans·lat·ed, trans·lat·ing.
Origin of translate
- to transfer (a cleric) from one ecclesiastical office to another
- to transfer (a see) from one place to another
Word Origin for translate
c.1300, "to remove from one place to another," also "to turn from one language to another," from Latin translatus "carried over," serving as past participle of transferre "to bring over, carry over" (see transfer), from trans- (see trans-) + latus "borne, carried," from *tlatos, from PIE root *tel-, *tol- "to bear, carry" (see extol). Related: Translated; translating. A similar notion is behind the Old English word it replaced, awendan, from wendan "to turn, direct" (see wend).