An interpreter is someone who translates something to make it understandable, usually spoken language. When your class takes a trip to Russia, you’ll likely have an interpreter to translate Russian to English so you can understand what people are saying to you.

Need to talk to someone who doesn't speak your language? You'll need an interpreter. Say you're interviewing a Bulgarian diplomat, but you don't speak Bulgarian. The interpreter would listen to a few sentences in Bulgarian and then repeat them in English, and then listen to your English response and repeat that in Bulgarian. We also use interpreter for artists who represent ideas or places in their work. If you paint industrial cityscapes, you're an interpreter of urban life.

Definitions of interpreter

n someone who mediates between speakers of different languages

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Edward Fitzgerald
English poet remembered primarily for his free translation of the poetry of Omar Khayyam (1809-1883)
Benjamin Jowett
English classical scholar noted for his translations of Plato and Aristotle (1817-1893)
William Tindale
English translator and Protestant martyr; his translation of the Bible into English (which later formed the basis for the King James Version) aroused ecclesiastical opposition; he left England in 1524 and was burned at the stake in Antwerp as a heretic (1494-1536)
Bishop Ulfilas
a Christian believed to be of Cappadocian descent who became bishop of the Visigoths in 341 and translated the Bible from Greek into Gothic; traditionally held to have invented the Gothic alphabet (311-382)
an interpreter and guide in the Near East; in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th and 19th centuries a translator of European languages for the Turkish and Arab authorities and most dragomans were Greek (many reached high positions in the government)
symboliser, symbolist, symbolizer
someone skilled in the interpretation or representation of symbols
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go-between, intercessor, intermediary, intermediator, mediator
a negotiator who acts as a link between parties

n (computer science) a program that translates and executes source language statements one line at a time

interpretive program
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computer program, computer programme, program, programme
(computer science) a sequence of instructions that a computer can interpret and execute

n someone who uses art to represent something

“his paintings reveal a sensitive interpreter of nature”
“she was famous as an interpreter of Shakespearean roles”
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individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

n an advocate who represents someone else's policy or purpose

representative, spokesperson, voice
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an informal representative
flack, flack catcher, flak, flak catcher
a slick spokesperson who can turn any criticism to the advantage of their employer
mouth, mouthpiece
a spokesperson (as a lawyer)
a male spokesperson
a female spokesperson
bagman, commercial traveler, commercial traveller, roadman, traveling salesman, travelling salesman
a salesman who travels to call on customers
one who sells goods on the installment plan
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advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

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