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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
    These earnings, translated into pounds, represent half of our total profits.
    an attempt to translate Marxist ideas into practice


a fashion trend in which people intentionally wear ordinary, inexpensive, widely-available clothing

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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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