translate

[ trans-leyt, tranz-, trans-leyt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈleɪt, trænz-, ˈtræns leɪt, ˈtrænz- /

verb (used with object), trans·lat·ed, trans·lat·ing.

verb (used without object), trans·lat·ed, trans·lat·ing.

to provide or make a translation; act as translator.
to admit of translation: The Greek expression does not translate easily into English.

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Origin of translate

1250–1300; Middle English translaten<Latin trānslātus (past participle of trānsferre to transfer), equivalent to trāns-trans- + -lātus (suppletive past participle of ferre to bear1), earlier *tlātus, equivalent to *tlā- bear (akin to thole2) + -tus past participle suffix

OTHER WORDS FROM translate

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH translate

translate , transliterate
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British Dictionary definitions for translate

translate
/ (trænsˈleɪt, trænz-) /

verb

Derived forms of translate

translatable, adjectivetranslatability, noun

Word Origin for translate

C13: from Latin translātus transferred, carried over, from transferre to transfer
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Medical definitions for translate

translate
[ trăns-lāt, trănz-, trănslāt′, trănz- ]

v.

To render in another language.
To put into simpler terms; explain or interpret.
To subject mRNA to translation.

Other words from translate

trans•lat′a•bili•ty n.trans•lata•ble adj.
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