interpret has definitions from the field of linguistics
[ verb ] make sense of; assign a meaning to


construe see


"What message do you see in this letter?" "How do you interpret his behavior?"

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(Schubert Ogden, Christ Without Myth....)

Mythological concepts may by_all_means still be used , but they can be used responsibly only as `` symbols '' or `` ciphers '' , that_is , only if they are also constantly interpreted in non mythological ( or existential ) terms .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

As Origen interprets the end of history on the basis of its beginning , so Irenaeus portrays the story of Adam on the basis of the story of Christ .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

Such high-resolution observations as these are needed at several wave_lengths in_order_that the radio_emission of the moon can be properly interpreted .

(S. Idell Pyle, et al., Onsets, Completions, and...)

The following summary , based on Figures 5 and 6 , is an example of one way of interpreting the 42 figures constructed from onset ages and completion ages of individual children with_respect_to the appropriate mean age for each growth center .

(E. Gellhorn, "Prolegomena to a theory of the emotions"...)

In our attempt to interpret the emotions in their physiological and pathological range , we emphasized the importance of the degree of activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic divisions of the hypothalamic system and their influence on the inhibitory and excitatory systems , respectively .

[ verb ] give an interpretation or explanation to

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(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

Thanks to Spoken_Arts_Records , history buffs may hear Lincoln 's `` most memorable speeches and letters '' in a two disc set , interpreted by Lincoln authority and lecturer Roy_P._Basler .

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

Because he interprets the primitive state of man as one of mere potentiality or capacity and believes that Adam and Eve were created as children , Irenaeus often seems inclined to extenuate their disobedience as being `` due , no_doubt , to carelessness , but still wicked '' .

(James A. Ibers et al., "Proton magnetic resonance...)

The information provided by the electron paramagnetic effects is then discussed , and finally the nuclear effects are interpreted in_terms_of various motional modified models of the **f bond in **f .

(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)

These reactions were interpreted as being manifestations of hypoadrenocorticism .

(William S. Haymond, "Is Distance an Original...)

The necessary inference , as the authors themselves interpret it , would seem to be this : `` ( 1 ) Spatial qualities are not among those grasped by the sense_of_touch , as_such .

[ verb ] create an image or likeness of




"The painter represented his wife as a young girl"

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(Chester G. Starr, The Origins of Greek Civili...)

To interpret , indeed , the era from 1000 to 800 as a period mainly of consolidation may be a necessary but unfortunate defect born of our lack of detailed information ; if we could see more deeply , we probably would find many side issues and wrong turnings which came to an end within the period .

Although it is not possible to sunder old and new in this era , I shall consider in the present chapter primarily the first decades of the eighth century and shall interpret them as an apogee of the first stage of Greek civilization .

[ verb ] give an interpretation or rendition of




"The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"

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(The Providence Journal...)

But they are aware_of the world outside , they court public approval , they delight in full houses , and they occasionally dare to experiment in interpreting a dramatic classic .

The new `` School for Wives '' was interpreted according to a principle that_is becoming increasingly common in the playing of classic comedy - the idea of turning some obviously ludicrous figure into a tragic character .

[ verb ] (linguistics) restate (words) from one language into another language


translate render


"I 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"

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(Schuyler Cammann, "The Magic Square of Three in...)

According to this doctrine , the universe was ruled by Heaven , T ' ien - as a natural force , or in the personification of a Supreme_Sky-god - governing all things by means of a process called the Tao , which can be roughly interpreted as `` the Order of the Universe '' or `` the Universal Way '' .

[ verb ] make sense of a language


"She understands French" "Can you read Greek?"

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(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

Every dream , and this is true of a mental_image of any type even though it may be readily interpreted into its equivalent of wakeful thought , is a psychic_phenomenon for which no explanation is available .

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