translate

To translate is to put into a different language or interpret. If your brother says, "Gee, Mom, all of my friends have really cool pets, like snakes and stuff," you can translate that statement to mean "I want a snake."

Translate comes from the Latin translates, which means "carry across." The word isn't limited to talking about language. You can translate sales into dollars, or a play into a movie. When used that way, translate means changing something from one form to another.

Definitions of translate
  1. verb
    restate (words) from one language into another language
    “I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S.”
    “He translates for the U.N.”
    synonyms: interpret, render
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    retranslate
    translate again
    mistranslate
    translate incorrectly
    gloss
    provide an interlinear translation of a word or phrase
    Latinize
    translate into Latin
    type of:
    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell
    to say, state, or perform again
  2. verb
    make sense of a language
    synonyms: interpret, read, understand
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    understand
    know and comprehend the nature or meaning of
  3. verb
    express, as in simple and less technical language
    “Can you translate the instructions in this manual for a layman?”
    “Is there a need to translate the psychiatrist's remarks?”
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    paraphrase, rephrase, reword
    express the same message in different words
  4. verb
    be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way
    “poetry often does not translate
    “Tolstoy's novels translate well into English”
    Synonyms:
    interpret, render
    restate (words) from one language into another language
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    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
  5. verb
    change from one form or medium into another
    “Braque translated collage into oil”
    synonyms: transform
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    metricise, metricize
    express in the metric system
    diagonalise, diagonalize
    transform a matrix to a diagonal matrix
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  6. verb
    subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  7. verb
    change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
  8. verb
    be equivalent in effect
    “the growth in income translates into greater purchasing power”
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    be, equal
    be identical or equivalent to
  9. verb
    bring to a certain spiritual state
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    channel, channelise, channelize, transfer, transmit, transport
    send from one person or place to another
  10. verb
    determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA
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    ascertain, determine, find, find out
    establish after a calculation, investigation, experiment, survey, or study
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