Definitions of interpret

  1. make sense of; assign a meaning to; " What message do you see in this letter?"; " How do you interpret his behavior?"
  2. give an interpretation or rendition of; " The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"
  3. make sense of a language; " She understands French"; " Can you read Greek?"
  4. give an interpretation or explanation to
  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."
  6. create an image or likeness of, in art
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. To act as an interpreter.
  10. To explain the meaning of; as, to interpret a foreign language.
  11. To explain the meaning of: to translate into intelligible or familiar terms.
  12. To explain; translate.
  13. To give the meaning of; translate; explain; act as an interpreter.
  14. To explain, unfold, or present the meaning of; to translate into intelligible words.

Usage examples for interpret

  1. People would be only too ready to interpret our action as a sign that neither you nor I had the right faith in a Higher Providence. – Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
  2. If, at last, this new will shall not be forthcoming, I think we must be bound to interpret the matter in that way. – Cousin Henry by Anthony Trollope
  3. But this is not the proper mood for the historian, whose aim is to interpret men's actions by the circumstances of their time, in order to judge their motives correctly. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  4. Each reader will interpret all of them best from his own point of view. – Henry of Ofterdingen: A Romance. by Friedrich von Hardenberg
  5. In some unknown future they may be satisfying, but in the present I want your words and your voice with your thoughts, your looks and your gestures to interpret your feelings. – Little Rivers A Book Of Essays In Profitable Idleness by Henry van Dyke
  6. I shall, sir; But in a perplex'd form and method, which You only can interpret: Would you had not A guilty knowledge in your bosom, of The language which you force me to deliver So I were nothing! – A History of English Literature Elizabethan Literature by George Saintsbury
  7. But it is pretty to see how careful these great men are to do every thing so as they may answer it to the Parliament, thinking themselves safe in nothing but where the judges, with whom they often advise, do say the matter is doubtful; and so they take upon themselves then to be the chief persons to interpret what is doubtful. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  8. But Burris' eye was on him, and he could interpret the look without much trouble. – Brain Twister by Gordon Randall Garrett Laurence Mark Janifer
  9. A gleam hard to interpret flashed for an instant over her face. – A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  10. Tell me, and I will interpret." – The Thin Red Line; and Blue Blood by Arthur Griffiths
  11. Professional nurses learn to interpret these indications with great skill. – The Story of the Mind by James Mark Baldwin
  12. The days of direct inspiration through prophets were passing away, and those of the written Scripture, with a class of men to study and interpret it, came in their place. – Studies in Old Testament History by Jesse L. Hurlbut
  13. Interpret all your motives just as though You looked on one whose aims you did not know. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field
  14. I cannot interpret this but by telling you of a fact which I feel to be the key to a great- the greatest- truth. – The Mormon Prophet by Lily Dougall
  15. This, if I interpret him rightly, is Mr Spencer's meaning. – Herbert Spencer by J. Arthur Thomson