Definition of interpretation in English:


Syllabification: in·ter·pre·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /inˌtərprəˈtāSH(ə)n


1The action of explaining the meaning of something: the interpretation of data
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  • All understanding is interpretation and interpretation is essentially linguistic.
  • The Queen and King require less interpretation, for we understand them as the major male and female archetypes.
  • Knowing the level of inference will subsequently aid interpretation of the statistical methods.
explanation, elucidation, expounding, exposition, explication, exegesis, clarificationanalysis, evaluation, review, study, examination
1.1An explanation or way of explaining: this action is open to a number of interpretations
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  • It then looks at the interpretations and explanations that have been given by various academic commentators.
  • According to this, more people in Guinea are embracing very strict interpretations of Islam.
  • There were several individual attempts at explicitly Marxist interpretations of Shakespeare.
meaning, understanding, construal, connotation, explanation, inference
1.2A stylistic representation of a creative work or dramatic role: two differing interpretations, both bearing the distinctive hallmarks of each writer’s perspective
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  • It will be fascinating to see in the future how different interpretations of the role go.
  • Gemma and Laura take great interest in the different interpretations of the same role by each principal.
  • There are videos and displays of still photographs all offering different interpretations of the main theme.


late Middle English: from Old French interpretation or Latin interpretatio(n-), from the verb interpretari (see interpret).



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  • There are also interpretational differences.
  • The situation arose after the interpretational skills of a radiologist were called into question.
  • His performance on a technical, acoustic, musical and interpretational level is reached by only very few cellists.

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