American English

Definition of translate verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈtrænzleɪt//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they translate
    he / she / it translates
    past simple translated
    -ing form translating
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to express the meaning of speech or writing in a different language translate something (from something) (into something) He translated the letter into English. Her books have been translated into 24 languages. Can you help me translate this legal jargon into plain English? translate something (as something) “Suisse” had been wrongly translated as “Sweden.” translate (from something) (into something) I don't speak Greek, so Dina offered to translate for me. My work involves translating from German.
  2. 2[intransitive] to be changed from one language to another Most poetry does not translate well. translate as something The name of the town of Fond du Lac translates as “Bottom of the Lake.”
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] to change something, or to be changed, into a different form translate something (into something) It's time to translate words into action. translate into something I hope all the hard work will translate into profits.
  4. 4[transitive, intransitive] translate (something) (as something) to understand something in a particular way or give something a particular meaning synonym interpret the various words and gestures that we translate as love
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: translate