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verb translate pronunciation in British English /trænsˈleɪt/
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to change spoken or written words into another language

    I don’t speak Russian, so someone will have to translate.

    translate something into something:

    The Bible has been translated into more than 100 languages.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to be changed into a different language, or to be capable of being understood in a different language

      Poetry doesn’t always translate well.

      something translates as something:

      ‘Merci’ in French translates as ‘thank you’ in English.

    2. b.
      [transitive] computing to change information in one computer program or language into a form that can be used by a different program or language

      The software can translate files from most other word processing programs.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to cause a particular situation or result
    translate into/to:

    Recent economic problems are beginning to translate into a demand for reforms.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to change something into a different form, or to express something in a different way

    an attempt to translate Marxist ideas into practice

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] if an idea or method translates, or if you translate it to a different situation, it is used in a different situation


to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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