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English verb: interpret

1. interpret (cognition) make sense of; assign a meaning to


SamplesWhat message do you see in this letter?.
How do you interpret his behavior?.


ExamplesThey won't interpret the story , Sam and Sue interpret the movie


Synonymsconstrue, see


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)understand


Narrower (hyponym)allegorise, allegorize, be amiss, draw out, educe, elicit, evoke, extract, literalise, literalize, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand, mythicise, mythicize, read, read, read, read between the lines, reinterpret, scan, spiritualise, spiritualize, take


Verb groupconsider, reckon, regard, see, view

2. interpret (communication) give an interpretation or explanation to


Synonymsrede


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)explain, explicate


Narrower (hyponym)annotate, comment, commentate, commentate, deconstruct, gloss, misinterpret, moralise, moralize, re-explain, reinterpret

3. interpret (creation) give an interpretation or rendition of


SamplesThe pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.


ExamplesThey will interpret the duet


Synonymsrender


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)do, execute, perform


Narrower (hyponym)sing


Domain categoryperforming arts

4. interpret (creation) create an image or likeness of


SamplesThe painter represented his wife as a young girl.


Synonymsrepresent


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)re-create


Narrower (hyponym)animalise, animalize, capture, carnalize, chart, conventionalize, depict, depict, draw, graph, limn, map, mock up, model, paint, picture, portray, portray, present, profile, render, sensualize, show, silhouette, stylise, stylize


Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

5. interpret (communication) restate (words) from one language into another language


SamplesI have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S..
Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?.
She rendered the French poem into English.
He translates for the U.N..


Synonymsrender, translate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell


Narrower (hyponym)gloss, Latinize, mistranslate, retranslate


Verb grouptranslate

6. interpret (cognition) make sense of a language


SamplesShe understands French.
Can you read Greek?.


Synonymsread, translate, understand


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)understand









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