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. verb
    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
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  2. verb
    make sense of a language
    synonyms: read, translate, understand
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  3. verb
    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
  4. verb
    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
  5. verb
    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
  6. verb
    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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