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verb interpret pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈtɜrprət/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinterpreting
past tenseinterpreted
past participleinterpreted
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to translate what someone is saying in one language into another language so that someone else can understand it
    I speak Spanish. Would you like me to interpret for you?
  2. 2
    [transitive] to understand an action, situation, etc. in a particular way
    This move can be interpreted in two ways.
    interpret something as something: Political apathy can be interpreted as a sign of satisfaction with the current government.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to explain the meaning of something
    We’ll need some help to interpret all this data.


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