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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


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


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.


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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