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INTERPRET

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interpret mean? 

INTERPRET (verb)
  The verb INTERPRET has 6 senses:

1. make sense of; assign a meaning to
2. give an interpretation or explanation to
3. give an interpretation or rendition of
4. create an image or likeness of
5. restate (words) from one language into another language
6. make sense of a language

  Familiarity information: INTERPRET used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERPRET (verb)


Sense 1interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make sense of; assign a meaning to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

construe; interpret; see

Context examples:

What message do you see in this letter? / How do you interpret his behavior?

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interpret"):

be amiss; misapprehend; misconceive; misconstrue; misinterpret; misunderstand (interpret in the wrong way)

draw out; educe; elicit; evoke; extract (deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning))

read; scan (obtain data from magnetic tapes)

read (interpret something that is written or printed)

read; take (interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression)

allegorise; allegorize (interpret as an allegory)

reinterpret (assign a new or different meaning to)

spiritualise; spiritualize (give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense)

literalise; literalize (make literal)

mythicise; mythicize (interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology)

read between the lines (read what is implied but not expressed on the surface)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence examples:

They won't interpret the story
Sam and Sue interpret the movie


Sense 2interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give an interpretation or explanation to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

rede; interpret

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

explain; explicate (make plain and comprehensible)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interpret"):

commentate (make a commentary on)

annotate; comment; gloss (provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases)

misinterpret (interpret falsely)

commentate (serve as a commentator, as in sportscasting)

re-explain; reinterpret (interpret from a different viewpoint)

deconstruct (interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing)

moralise; moralize (interpret the moral meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 3interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Give an interpretation or rendition of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

interpret; render

Context example:

The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

do; execute; perform (carry out or perform an action)

Domain category:

performing arts (arts or skills that require public performance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interpret"):

sing (deliver by singing)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They will interpret the duet


Sense 4interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create an image or likeness of

Classified under:

Verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing

Synonyms:

interpret; represent

Context example:

The painter represented his wife as a young girl

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

re-create (create anew)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interpret"):

chart; graph (represent by means of a graph)

mock up; model (construct a model of)

draw (represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface)

portray; present (represent in a painting, drawing, sculpture, or verbally)

depict; limn; portray (make a portrait of)

map (make a map of; show or establish the features of details of)

conventionalize; stylise; stylize (represent according to a conventional style)

depict; picture; render; show (show in, or as in, a picture)

capture (succeed in representing or expressing something intangible)

paint (make a painting of)

profile (represent in profile, by drawing or painting)

animalise; animalize (represent in the form of an animal)

silhouette (represent by a silhouette)

carnalize; sensualize (represent materialistically, as in a painting or a sculpture)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 5interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Restate (words) from one language into another language

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

translate; interpret; render

Context examples:

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.

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

ingeminate; iterate; reiterate; repeat; restate; retell (to say, state, or perform again)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "interpret"):

Latinize (translate into Latin)

gloss (provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase)

mistranslate (translate incorrectly)

retranslate (translate again)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 6interpret [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make sense of a language

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

translate; understand; interpret; read

Context examples:

She understands French / Can you read Greek?

Hypernyms (to "interpret" is one way to...):

understand (know and comprehend the nature or meaning of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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