interpret

When you interpret something, you make sense of it. You could interpret a graph, a foreign language, or even Mona Lisa's odd smile.

If you're ordering food in a foreign land, you may need someone to interpret the menu for you. When you get tripped up or struggle to understand a subject even in your own language — like calculus, for example — sometimes you can find meaning, or interpret it for yourself. Or sometimes you'll need a teacher to work on the problem with you, showing how to interpret the mathematical language.

Definitions of interpret
1

v make sense of; assign a meaning to

“How do you interpret his behavior?”
Synonyms:
construe, see
consider, reckon, regard, see, view
deem to be
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be amiss, misapprehend, misconceive, misconstrue, misinterpret, misunderstand
interpret in the wrong way
read between the lines
read what is implied but not expressed on the surface
mythicise, mythicize
interpret as a myth or in terms of mythology
literalise, literalize
make literal
spiritualise, spiritualize
give a spiritual meaning to; read in a spiritual sense
reinterpret
assign a new or different meaning to
allegorise, allegorize
interpret as an allegory
read, take
interpret something in a certain way; convey a particular meaning or impression
read
interpret something that is written or printed
read, scan
obtain data from magnetic tapes
draw out, educe, elicit, evoke, extract
deduce (a principle) or construe (a meaning)
misinterpret, misread
interpret wrongly
anagram, anagrammatise, anagrammatize
read letters out of order to discover a hidden meaning
reread
read anew; read again
dip into
read selectively; read only certain passages from a text
decipher, trace
read with difficulty
misread
read or interpret wrongly
skim, skim over
read superficially
lip-read, lipread, speech-read
interpret by lipreading; of deaf people
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

v make sense of a language

Synonyms:
read, translate, understand
Type of:
understand
know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

v give an interpretation or explanation to

Synonyms:
rede
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moralise, moralize
interpret the moral meaning of
deconstruct
interpret (a text or an artwork) by the method of deconstructing
re-explain, reinterpret
interpret from a different viewpoint
commentate
serve as a commentator, as in sportscasting
misinterpret
interpret falsely
annotate, comment, gloss
provide interlinear explanations for words or phrases
commentate
make a commentary on
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explain, explicate
make plain and comprehensible

v give an interpretation or rendition of

Synonyms:
render
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sing
deliver by singing
solmizate
sing by the syllables of solmization
troll
sing the parts of (a round) in succession
hymn
sing a hymn
carol
sing carols
madrigal
sing madrigals
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do, execute, perform
carry out or perform an action

v restate (words) from one language into another language

“Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?”
Synonyms:
render, translate
translate
be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way
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retranslate
translate again
mistranslate
translate incorrectly
gloss
provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
Latinise, Latinize
translate into Latin
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ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
to say, state, or perform again

v create an image or likeness of

Synonyms:
represent
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carnalise, carnalize, sensualise, sensualize
represent materialistically, as in a painting or a sculpture
silhouette
represent by a silhouette
animalise, animalize
represent in the form of an animal
profile
represent in profile, by drawing or painting
paint
make a painting of
capture
succeed in representing or expressing something intangible
depict, picture, render, show
show in, or as in, a picture
conventionalize, stylise, stylize
represent according to a conventional style
map
make a map of; show or establish the features of details of
depict, limn, portray
make a portrait of
portray, present
represent abstractly, for example in a painting, drawing, or sculpture
draw
represent by making a drawing of, as with a pencil, chalk, etc. on a surface
mock up, model
construct a model of
chart, graph
represent by means of a graph
chart
make a chart of
plat, plot
make a plat of
repaint
paint again
recapture
take up anew
illustrate
depict with an illustration
map
depict as if on a map
pencil
write, draw, or trace with a pencil
commend
present as worthy of regard, kindness, or confidence
delineate, limn, outline
trace the shape of
rule
mark or draw with a ruler
chalk
write, draw, or trace with chalk
project
draw a projection of
crayon
write, draw, or trace with a crayon
check, checker, chequer
mark into squares or draw squares on; draw crossed lines on
charcoal
draw, trace, or represent with charcoal
doodle
make a doodle; draw aimlessly
diagram, plot
make a schematic or technical drawing of that shows interactions among variables or how something is constructed
cartoon
draw cartoons of
fill in, shade
represent the effect of shade or shadow on
chalk out, sketch
make a sketch of
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re-create
create anew

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