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transliterate

[ trans-lit-uh-reyt, tranz- ]
/ tr忙ns藞l瑟t 蓹藢re瑟t, tr忙nz- /
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verb (used with object), trans路lit路er路at路ed, trans路lit路er路at路ing.
to change (letters, words, etc.) into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language: to transliterate the Greek 围 as ch.
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Origin of transliterate

First recorded 1860鈥65; trans- + Latin l墨tter(a), litter(a) letter1 + -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM transliterate

trans路lit路er路a路tion [trans-lit-uh-rey-shuhn, tranz-], /tr忙ns藢l瑟t 蓹藞re瑟 蕛蓹n, tr忙nz-/, nountrans路lit路er路a路tor, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH transliterate

translate, transliterate
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How to use transliterate in a sentence

  • 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
/ (tr忙nz藞l瑟t蓹藢re瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of transliterate

transliteration, nountransliterator, noun

Word Origin for transliterate

C19: trans- + -literate, from Latin l墨ttera letter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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