Definition of translator in English:



  • 1A person who translates from one language into another, especially as a profession:

    ‘the translator of Hardy's poems into Icelandic’
    • ‘I am not a professional translator but a humble TV cameraman, but I will give it a shot.’
    • ‘The mention of ‘kilos’ is not only anachronistic but contrary to the translator's professed policy.’
    • ‘There are systematic assassinations of policemen, translators, local officials, and anybody associated with the occupiers.’
    • ‘At present, the few U.S. programs in translator and/or interpreter education cannot even attempt to meet market needs for professional translators and interpreters.’
    • ‘Professional women such as translators, doctors, lawyers, artists and writers have been forced from their jobs and told to stay in their homes.’
    • ‘They're still not investing in the translators and analysts we need to counter the growing terror threat.’
    • ‘During the past three years, he has been a private tutor, a translator and a market investigator.’
    • ‘Highly educated translators from professional backgrounds may use the ‘high’ form of a language in translation, when the ‘low’ or colloquial form is more appropriate.’
    • ‘So, translators, teachers, language students, editors and writers take a look and help build a useful language tool.’
    • ‘The problem is that rather than attempting to improve on the present translation, translators were told to come up with an English version of the Latin.’
    • ‘The agency has four full-time administrative staff members and a team of over 100 freelance, native-speaker professional translators who are based both in Ireland and abroad.’
    • ‘Often a professional translator is employed to translate the original text, but the translations of news items, and other updates tend to be done by others.’
    • ‘The accounts have been based not only on the word of detainees, but of prison guards, translators, FBI agents and others.’
    • ‘Bulgarian soldiers often became part of volunteer town and village regiments and served as translators, assistants, builders or reconnaissance operatives within Russian military units.’
    • ‘Using the digital cameras, each UK teacher worked with a group of three or four children, their teacher and a volunteer translator.’
    • ‘In a worldwide poll of professional translators, Ilunga won the award for the most untranslatable word in the world.’
    • ‘There are about 3,000 registered translation companies, employing about 40,000 translators and interpreters.’
    • ‘To further assist the many millions of freedom activists all over the world who do not speak English, I am soliciting volunteer translators in any and all languages.’
    • ‘A staff of over 200 full-time cooks, maids, gardeners, builders, drivers, translators and security staff cater for the film student's every possible need.’
    • ‘Teaching of Urdu at the college/university level may be related to meet demand for Urdu school teachers and government translators, but not to the supply of unemployable graduates.’
    interpreter, transcriber, transliterator, paraphraser, decipherer
    linguist, polyglot
    exegete, glossator, glossarist
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    1. 1.1 A computer program that translates from one programming language into another.
      • ‘He has been developing binary translators, optimizers and other binary manipulation tools since 1992.’
      • ‘A driver acts like a translator between the device that it controls and programs that use the device.’
      • ‘The device can work with a power supply from 3.3V up to 5V, which means it can be directly controlled by a microprocessor or logic circuit without level translators.’
      • ‘These nodes are commonly known as translators or application level gateways.’
      • ‘The translator processes each of the CMF outputs in parallel, producing a total of sixteen parallel channels.’
      • ‘Currently, three types of translators are available: 2D, 3D surfaces and 3D solids.’
      • ‘An automatic translator was used to migrate most of the assembly code into C code.’
      • ‘If you uncover problems with your system's translators, be sure to submit a bug report to your application vendor and if possible include relevant error logs and neutral data files.’
      • ‘This depends on how true the programmers are to the specifications documented in the standards when they write the translators.’
      • ‘Some offer free code translators online and some offer version that can be used offline.’
      • ‘The insertion is the responsibility of special units in the USB hubs called transaction translators, or TTs for short.’
      • ‘Interfaces and translators enable developers to focus on the business logic without the distractions of how the data is formatted or presented.’
      • ‘The loudspeaker interrupted my translator chip marketing plan, and I fumbled for my ticket.’
      • ‘With a direct translator, the customer has the best chance of converting data.’
  • 2A television relay transmitter.

    • ‘Well many years ago I spent a fair amount of my time installing and setting up privately owned TV translators.’