transliterate

[ trans-lit-uh-reyt, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈlɪt əˌreɪt, trænz- /

verb (used with object), trans·lit·er·at·ed, trans·lit·er·at·ing.

to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language: to transliterate the Greek Χ as ch.

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Origin of transliterate

1860–65; trans- + Latin līter(a) letter1 + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM transliterate

trans·lit·er·a·tion, nountrans·lit·er·a·tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH transliterate

translate transliterate
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Example sentences from the Web for transliterate

  • The 114 author is apparently unable to transliterate properly the Old English names.

    The Translations of Beowulf|Chauncey Brewster Tinker

British Dictionary definitions for transliterate

transliterate
/ (trænzˈlɪtəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to transcribe (a word, etc, in one alphabet) into corresponding letters of another alphabetthe Greek word λογοσ can be transliterated as ``logos''

Derived forms of transliterate

transliteration, nountransliterator, noun

Word Origin for transliterate

C19: trans- + -literate, from Latin līttera letter
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