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Date: 1300-1400
Language: French
Origin: interpréter, from Latin interpretari, from interpres 'someone who explains or translates'

interpret

verb
     
Related topics: Performing
in‧ter‧pret W3
1 [intransitive and transitive] to translate spoken words from one language into another:
They spoke good Spanish, and promised to interpret for me.
2 [transitive] to believe that something someone does or something that happens has a particular meaning
interpret something as something
His refusal to work late was interpreted as a lack of commitment to the company.
3 [transitive] to explain the meaning of something:
Freud's attempts to interpret the meaning of dreams
4 [transitive]AP to perform a part in a play, a piece of music etc in a way that shows your feelings about it or what you think it means

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