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English verb: translate

1. translate (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..

Synonymsinterpret, render

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

2. translate (change) change from one form or medium into another

SamplesBraque translated collage into oil.


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

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)diagonalise, diagonalize, metricise, metricize

3. translate (cognition) make sense of a language

SamplesShe understands French.
Can you read Greek?.

Synonymsinterpret, read, understand

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

Broader (hypernym)understand

4. translate (contact) bring to a certain spiritual state

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport

5. translate (change) change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Domain categorygeometry

6. translate (stative) be equivalent in effect

SamplesThe growth in income translates into greater purchasing power.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be, equal

7. translate (stative) be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way

SamplesPoetry often does not translate.
Tolstoy's novels translate well into English.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

Verb groupinterpret, render, translate

8. translate (motion) subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body

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

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Domain categorynatural philosophy, physics

9. translate (communication) express, as in simple and less technical language

SamplesCan you translate the instructions in this manual for a layman?.
Is there a need to translate the psychiatrist's remarks?.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)paraphrase, rephrase, reword

10. translate (communication) determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)ascertain, determine, find, find out

Domain categorygenetic science, genetics

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