Interpret - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪnˈtɜːrprɪt|  American pronunciation of the word interpret
Brit.  |ɪnˈtəːprɪt|  British pronunciation of the word interpret
- make sense of; assign a meaning to (syn: construe, see)
How do you interpret his behavior?
- give an interpretation or explanation to (syn: rede)
- give an interpretation or rendition of (syn: render)
- create an image or likeness of (syn: represent)
- restate (words) from one language into another language (syn: render, translate)
Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?
- make sense of a language (syn: read, translate, understand)

Examples

We need someone to interpret these results for us.

How should we interpret the law?

I interpreted his behavior to mean that he disliked me.

Every actor interprets the role of Hamlet a little differently.

Be careful, your silence could be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

I had to interpret the speech to them.

They spoke good Spanish, and promised to interpret for me.

His refusal to work late was interpreted as a lack of commitment to the company.

Freud's attempts to interpret the meaning of dreams

How do you interpret his behavior?

Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?

The courts exist to uphold, interpret, and apply the law.

...the ambiguity of the clairvoyant's messages from the deceased allowed the grieving relatives to interpret them however they wished...

Leaving me in absolute ignorance of how to interpret her.

How is one to interpret such actions?

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: interpret
he/she/it: interprets
present participle: interpreting
past tense: interpreted
past participle: interpreted
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