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[v] make sense of; assign a meaning to; "What message do you see in this letter?"; "How do you interpret his behavior?"
[v] make sense of a language; "She understands French"; "Can you read Greek?"
[v] give an interpretation or explanation to
[v] restate (words) from one language into another language; "I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "Can you interpret the speech of the visiting dignitaries?"; "She rendered the French poem into English"; "He translates for the U.N."
[v] create an image or likeness of, in art
[v] give an interpretation or rendition of; "The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully"

Misc. Definitions

\In*ter"pret\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Interpreted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interpreting}.] [F. interpr[^e]ter, L. interpretari, p. p. interpretatus, fr. interpre? interpeter, agent, negotiator; inter between + (prob.) the root of pretium price. See {Price}.]
1. To explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define; -- applied esp. to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries, etc.; as, to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman; to interpret an Indian speech. Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. --Matt. i. 2
3. And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli.
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2. To apprehend and represent by means of art; to show by illustrative representation; as, an actor interprets the character of Hamlet; a musician interprets a sonata; an artist interprets a landscape. Syn: To translate; explain; solve; render; expound; elucidate; decipher; unfold; unravel.
\In*ter"pret\, v. i. To act as an interpreter. --Shak.

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