Definition of "interpret" []

  • To explain the meaning of: interpreted the ambassador's remarks. See Synonyms at explain. (verb-transitive)
  • To conceive the significance of; construe: interpreted his smile to be an agreement; interpreted the open door as an invitation. (verb-transitive)
  • To present or conceptualize the meaning of by means of art or criticism. (verb-transitive)
  • To translate orally. (verb-transitive)
  • To offer an explanation. (verb-intransitive)
  • To clarify or explain the meaning of; elucidate (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To construe the significance or intention of (verb)
  • To convey or represent the spirit or meaning of (a poem, song, etc) in performance (verb)
  • To act as an interpreter; translate orally (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "interpret" in a sentence
  • "The claim of authority to interpret is the greatest lie and has caused the greatest travesties upon the people."
  • "Now, let us grant that when scientists engage entities that cannot be weighed and measured they often flounder, project, and interpret from the human perspective."
  • "Simply pretending there's nothing confounding to interpret is stupid."