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INTERPRETATION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does interpretation mean? 

INTERPRETATION (noun)
  The noun INTERPRETATION has 4 senses:

1. a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something
2. the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance
3. an explanation that results from interpreting something
4. an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious

  Familiarity information: INTERPRETATION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


INTERPRETATION (noun)


Sense 1interpretation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mental representation of the meaning or significance of something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

interpretation; reading; version

Hypernyms ("interpretation" is a kind of...):

internal representation; mental representation; representation (a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interpretation"):

reinterpretation (a new or different meaning)

anagoge (a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture))


Sense 2interpretation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

interpretation; rendering; rendition

Context example:

her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving

Hypernyms ("interpretation" is a kind of...):

performance (the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interpretation"):

reinterpretation (a new or different interpretation)

spin (a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion))


Sense 3interpretation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An explanation that results from interpreting something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context example:

the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence

Hypernyms ("interpretation" is a kind of...):

account; explanation (a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interpretation"):

version (an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint)

reading (a particular interpretation or performance)

construction; twist (an interpretation of a text or action)

reconstruction (an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence)

popularisation; popularization (an interpretation that easily understandable and acceptable)

literal interpretation (an interpretation based on the exact wording)

ijtihad (the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen)

exegesis (an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible))

eisegesis (personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas)

clarification; elucidation; illumination (an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding)

construal (an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing)

exposition; expounding (a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic)

misinterpretation; mistaking; misunderstanding (putting the wrong interpretation on)


Sense 4interpretation [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An explanation of something that is not immediately obvious

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

interpreting; rendition; rendering; interpretation

Context examples:

the edict was subject to many interpretations / he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables / often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning

Hypernyms ("interpretation" is a kind of...):

explanation (thought that makes something comprehensible)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "interpretation"):

broad interpretation; judicial activism (an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court))


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