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4 definitions found
 for interpret
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interpret \In*ter"pret\, v. i.
     To act as an interpreter. --Shak.
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Interpret \In*ter"pret\, v. t. [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.]
     [1913 Webster]
     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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
                                                    --Matt. i. 23.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none
              that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli.
                                                    8.
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     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.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  interpret
      v 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]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "interpret":
     accompany, annotate, answer, bottom, chord, clarify, clear up,
     comment, commentate, concertize, construe, crack, debug, decipher,
     decode, define, delineate, depict, describe, diagnose, disentangle,
     divine, do, dope, dope out, elucidate, execute, exemplify, explain,
     explicate, expound, fathom, figure out, find out, find the answer,
     find the solution, get, get right, gloss, guess, guess right,
     have it, hit it, illuminate, illustrate, image, limn, make music,
     make out, open the lock, paraphrase, perform, picture, play,
     play by ear, plumb, portray, psych, psych out, puzzle out, ravel,
     ravel out, read, read into, render, resolve, riddle, simplify,
     solve, sort out, spell out, symphonize, take, take it that,
     take to mean, translate, understand, understand by, undo, unlock,
     unravel, unriddle, unscramble, untangle, untwist, unweave, work,
     work out
  
  

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