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English noun: interpretation

1. interpretation (cognition) a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something


Synonymsreading, version


Broader (hypernym)internal representation, mental representation, representation


Narrower (hyponym)anagoge, reinterpretation

2. interpretation (act) the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance


SamplesHer rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving.


Synonymsrendering, rendition


Broader (hypernym)performance


Narrower (hyponym)reinterpretation, spin

3. interpretation (communication) an explanation that results from interpreting something


SamplesThe report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence.


Broader (hypernym)account, explanation


Narrower (hyponym)clarification, construal, construction, eisegesis, elucidation, exegesis, exposition, expounding, ijtihad, illumination, literal interpretation, misinterpretation, mistaking, misunderstanding, popularisation, popularization, reading, reconstruction, twist, version

4. interpretation (cognition) an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious


SamplesThe 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.


Synonymsinterpreting, rendering, rendition


Broader (hypernym)explanation


Narrower (hyponym)broad interpretation, judicial activism









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