In·ter·pret v. t. [imp. & p. p. Interpreted; p. pr. & vb. n. Interpreting.]
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. 23.
And Pharaoh told them his dreams; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh. --Gen. xli. 8.
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.
n : an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious;
"the edict was subject to many interpretations"; "he
annoyed us with his interpreting of parables"; "often
imitations are extended to provide a more accurate
rendition of the child's intended meaning" [syn: interpretation,