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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.]
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.
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
--Matt. i. 23.
And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none
that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli.
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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: an explanation of something that is not immediately
obvious; "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" [syn:
interpretation, interpreting, rendition, rendering]
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