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Definition of interpretation noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1the particular way in which something is understood or explained Her evidence suggests a different interpretation of the events. It is not possible for everyone to put their own interpretation on the law. Dreams are open to interpretation (= they can be explained in different ways). AWL Collocationsinterpretinterpret verbbe difficult toThe results of the three studies are inconsistent and difficult to interpret.~ with cautionThe results of this study, however, should be interpreted with caution because of several methodological flaws.~ within a/the framework ~ within a/the contextThe results should be interpreted within the context of a number of underlying interpreted asTypographical errors may be reasonably interpreted as resulting from carelessness.broadly narrowly, strictly cautiously accurately, correctly erroneously, incorrectly variouslyHistorians have variously interpreted the treaty's significance. The findings should be interpreted cautiously because of the small sample, finding, result pattern information study meaning behavior theory textTo interpret the results, it is important to understand how the study was organized.interpretation nounbroad literal, narrow, strict subjective plausible correct erroneousAlexander Hamilton advocated a broad interpretation of the Constitution, which President George Washington open to, be subject toMany ethical issues are complex and subject to multiple interpretations.defy, preclude complicate confound, contradict challenge, refute favor, supportThe small sample size precludes further interpretation of this finding.misinterpret verbeasily completely willfullyEvery clinician is at risk of making an error when confusing or easily misinterpreted abbreviations or symbols are used.misinterpretation nouncommon gross, serious deliberate possible, potentialThese small misinterpretations would often lead to gross misinterpretations of the text as a open to, be subject to lead to, result in be prone to be based on, rest on avoid, preventUnfortunately, his conclusions rested on a misinterpretation of the data.
  2. 2the particular way in which someone chooses to perform a piece of music, a role in a play, etc. a modern interpretation of “King Lear”
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