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verb interpret pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈtɜː(r)prɪt/
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 was 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.

  4. 4
    [transitive] to perform a piece of music, a part in a play etc in a way that shows how you understand it and feel about it

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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