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Definition of translation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//trænzˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1[uncountable] translation (from something) (into something) translation (of something) (into something) the process of changing something that is written or spoken into another language an error in translation He specializes in translation from Danish into English. The book loses something in translation. The irony is lost in translation.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a text or work that has been changed from one language into another The usual translation of “glasnost” is “openness.” a rough translation (= not translating everything exactly) a literal translation (= following the original words exactly) a free translation (= not following the original words exactly) a word-for-word translation I have only read Tolstoy in translation. a copy of Dryden's translation of the Aeneid
  3. 3[uncountable] translation (of something) into something the process of changing something into a different form the translation of theory into practice the translation of sporting potential into Olympic gold medals
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: translation