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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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