From Middle English [Term?], from Anglo-Norman [Term?], from Old French [Term?], from Latin interpretātiō, noun of action from interpretor (“to explain, expound, interpret, understand, conclude, infer, comprehend”)
Morphologically interpret + -ation
interpretation (countable and uncountable, plural interpretations)
- (countable) An act of interpreting or explaining something unclear; a translation; a version.
The interpretation of a dream, or of an enigma
The interpretation of the rules
- (countable) A sense given by an interpreter; an exposition or explanation given; meaning.
Commentators give various interpretations of the same passage of Scripture.
- (uncountable, linguistics, translation studies) The discipline or study of translating one spoken or signed language into another (as opposed to translation, which concerns itself with written language).
- 1994, Richard K. Seymour, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Translation and Interpreting: Bridging East and West : Selected Conference Papers, University of Hawaii Press (→ISBN), page 11
- I believe that interpretation, particularly consecutive interpretation, is an art. I also believe, however, that the skill of consecutive interpretation can be taught, but only up to a point.
- 2002, Alessandra Riccardi, Translation Studies: Perspectives on an Emerging Discipline, Cambridge University Press (→ISBN), page 90
- Interpretation studies is a young discipline, much younger than translation studies, and it cannot claim a long tradition and history of reflexions [sic] and studies.
- 2013, Sana Loue, Handbook of Immigrant Health, Springer Science & Business Media (→ISBN), page 61
- The most pervasive need of non-English-speaking immigrants and refugees is interpretation for every English transaction. Interpretation is needed in stores, schools, and job training, and it is of critical importance in health care.
- Synonym: interpreting
- Hyponyms: simultaneous interpretation, consecutive interpretation
- (uncountable) The power of explaining.
- (countable) An artist's way of expressing his thought or embodying his conception of nature.
- (countable) An act or process of applying general principles or formulae to the explanation of the results obtained in special cases.
- (countable, physics) An approximation that allows aspects of a mathematical theory to be discussed in ordinary language.
- (countable, logic, model theory) An assignment of a truth value to each propositional symbol of a propositional calculus.
- heritage interpretation
sense given by an interpreter
the discipline of translating a spoken language
artist's way of expressing his thought
process of applying general principles to the explanation of the results
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