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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Interpret \In*ter"pret\, verb (used without an object) To act as an interpreter. --Shak.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Interpret \In*ter"pret\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Interpreted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interpreting}.] [F. interpr[^e]ter, L. interpretari, p. p. interpretatus, fr. interpres interpeter, agent, negotiator; inter between + (prob.) the root of pretium price. See {Price}.]

1. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech.

Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. --Matt. i. 23.

And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli. 8.

2. 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.

Syn: To translate; explain; solve; render; expound; elucidate; decipher; unfold; unravel.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

interpret

verb

1: make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?" [syn: {interpret}, {construe}, {see}]

2: give an interpretation or explanation to [syn: {rede}, {interpret}]

3: give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully" [syn: {interpret}, {render}]

4: create an image or likeness of; "The painter represented his wife as a young girl" [syn: {represent}, {interpret}]

5: 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." [syn: {translate}, {interpret}, {render}]

6: make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?" [syn: {understand}, {read}, {interpret}, {translate}]


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