verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to translate what is said in a foreign language.
to explain something; give an explanation.

Origin of interpret

1350–1400; Middle English interpreten < Latin interpretārī, derivative of interpret- (stem of interpres) explainer
Related formsin·ter·pret·a·ble, adjectivein·ter·pret·a·bil·i·ty, in·ter·pret·a·ble·ness, nounin·ter·pret·a·bly, adverbnon·in·ter·pret·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·ter·pret·a·ble, adjectivepre·in·ter·pret, verb (used with object)re·in·ter·pret, verbself-in·ter·pret·ed, adjectiveself-in·ter·pret·ing, adjectiveun·in·ter·pret·a·ble, adjectiveun·in·ter·pret·ed, adjectivewell-in·ter·pret·ed, adjective

Synonym study

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

Examples from the Web for reinterpreted

Contemporary Examples of reinterpreted

Historical Examples of reinterpreted

  • They reinterpreted the classics by emphasizing works other than those hitherto regarded as preeminent.

    Government in Republican China

    Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger

  • In the light of his religious discovery Fox reinterpreted man as a member of society.

    George Fox

    George Fox

  • When he reinterpreted it to the Utes, there was a general chorus of laughter, which lasted several minutes.

    Across America

    James F. Rusling

  • The hood hung down to her butt—it was East Coast bangbanger, as reinterpreted through the malls.


    Cory Doctorow

  • So law and politics have had to be reorganized, revised, and reinterpreted to fit into the social need.


    Henry Kalloch Rowe

British Dictionary definitions for reinterpreted



(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 reinterpreted



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.

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