- 1 [transitive] interpret something to explain the meaning of something The students were asked to interpret the poem.
- 2 [transitive] to decide that something has a particular meaning and to understand it in this way interpret something as something I didn't know whether to interpret her silence as acceptance or refusal. interpret something The data can be interpreted in many different ways. compare misinterpret
- 3 [intransitive] interpret (for somebody) to translate one language into another as you hear it She couldn't speak much English so her children had to interpret for her.
- 4[transitive] interpret something to perform a piece of music, a role in a play, etc. in a way that shows your feelings about its meaning He interpreted the role with a lot of humour. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French interpreter or Latin interpretari
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interpret
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪt//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪt//he / she / it interprets
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪts//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪts//past simple interpreted
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪd//past participle interpreted
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪd//-ing form interpreting
BrE BrE//ɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈtɜːrprɪtɪŋ//