Associations to the word «Interpret»


INTERPRET, verb. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied especially to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.
INTERPRET, verb. To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape.
INTERPRET, verb. (intransitive) To act as an interpreter.

Dictionary definition

INTERPRET, verb. Make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?".
INTERPRET, verb. Give an interpretation or explanation to.
INTERPRET, verb. Give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully".
INTERPRET, verb. Create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl".
INTERPRET, verb. Restate (words) from one language into another language; "I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?"; "She rendered the French poem into English"; "He translates for the U.N.".
INTERPRET, verb. Make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn