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interpretation

Syllabification: in·ter·pre·ta·tion
Pronunciation: /inˌtərprəˈtāSH(ə)n
 
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Definition of interpretation in English:

noun

1The action of explaining the meaning of something: the interpretation of data
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
explanation, elucidation, expounding, exposition, explication, exegesis, clarification
analysis, evaluation, review, study, examination
1.1An explanation or way of explaining: this action is open to a number of interpretations
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

interpretational

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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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