Definition of interpretation in English:



  • 1The action of explaining the meaning of something.

    ‘the interpretation of data’
    • ‘Their strict moral agenda is based on literal interpretation of the bible.’
    • ‘Those who are in the business of interpretation know that reading is a complicated matter.’
    • ‘He apparently did not explain what he meant, so it's open to interpretation.’
    • ‘I think it's supposed to be open to interpretation whether it's the same Alabama.’
    • ‘Well, there's lots to mull over there, and I won't try to add much in the way of interpretation.’
    • ‘What explains the increasing tendency toward this mode of interpretation of past experience?’
    • ‘This doctrine lives on today as one of many maxims for contractual interpretation.’
    • ‘The atmospheric exhibition will showcase the best in new display technology, design and interpretation.’
    • ‘Both contain superior playing and interpretation of the materials at hand.’
    • ‘Exactly what he meant by that is open to a whole lot of interpretation.’
    • ‘As the article explains, these noises exist, but interpretation of them is largely down to the individual.’
    • ‘A simple difference of interpretation explained their different results.’
    • ‘There are many levels of interpretation and many levels of understanding.’
    • ‘All understanding is interpretation and interpretation is essentially linguistic.’
    • ‘Knowing the level of inference will subsequently aid interpretation of the statistical methods.’
    • ‘I conclude that the Board erred in its interpretation of the legal standard for capacity.’
    • ‘Judges are constrained in how they declare the law and in their interpretation of the law.’
    • ‘Is the common theme of the three readings, then, simply that they all involve interpretation?’
    • ‘The Queen and King require less interpretation, for we understand them as the major male and female archetypes.’
    • ‘I understood that the text of the law was open to interpretation based on common sense, and that's what precedent was.’
    explanation, elucidation, expounding, exposition, explication, exegesis, clarification, definition
    analysis, reading, evaluation, review, study, examination, diagnosis
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    1. 1.1 An explanation or way of explaining.
      ‘this action is open to a number of interpretations’
      • ‘So I guess it is best that our attorneys stay within the strictest interpretation of the law and that I step away.’
      • ‘Our understanding and interpretation of what we see is transformed as our visual sensibilities evolve.’
      • ‘This is a brilliant antidote to the usual simplistic interpretations of imperialist adventures.’
      • ‘It then looks at the interpretations and explanations that have been given by various academic commentators.’
      • ‘The subsequent interpretations of the debate by the panel and others were also totally unsurprising.’
      • ‘That will lead them to a false conclusion worse than their interpretation of the truth.’
      • ‘The first is concerned with the distribution of the strict and sloppy interpretations.’
      • ‘There were several individual attempts at explicitly Marxist interpretations of Shakespeare.’
      • ‘Once this is ready, then all the regional variations and subjective interpretations can be laid to rest.’
      • ‘According to this, more people in Guinea are embracing very strict interpretations of Islam.’
      • ‘I want you to listen to what he said in explaining his interpretation of this deal.’
      • ‘I think that this had to be made explicit by me, namely to stop all kinds of interpretations.’
      • ‘Their understanding and interpretation is apt to be different from that of an outsider.’
      • ‘This is where we run into trouble when we demand strict interpretations of questions and answers.’
      • ‘Every day there seem to be further clashing interpretations and contradictory claims about America's war talk.’
      • ‘This second interpretation stands the first interpretation on its head.’
      • ‘Although no one interpretation is true in an absolute sense, some interpretations of art seem better than others.’
      • ‘His interpretations of this vary, but are defined by an intense tunnel vision that blocks out the rest of the world.’
      • ‘Under their strict interpretation of Islam it could include death sentences.’
      • ‘I think it is giving this definition far too wide an interpretation.’
      meaning, understanding, construal, connotation, reading, explanation, inference, conclusion, supposition
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    2. 1.2 A stylistic representation of a creative work or dramatic role.
      ‘two differing interpretations, both bearing the distinctive hallmarks of each writer's perspective’
      • ‘The Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a jewel for creative interpretation.’
      • ‘The work itself does not appear to offer any dramatically new information or new interpretations.’
      • ‘Several works will be played more than once, giving us a chance to compare strikingly different interpretations.’
      • ‘These variations were followed by three very different interpretations of Stravinsky.’
      • ‘Gemma and Laura take great interest in the different interpretations of the same role by each principal.’
      • ‘It is difficult to imagine what cello music would be without Ma's unique interpretations.’
      • ‘The text and all the artworks, thankfully, do not present an obvious interpretation of the title.’
      • ‘It will be fascinating to see in the future how different interpretations of the role go.’
      • ‘There are videos and displays of still photographs all offering different interpretations of the main theme.’
      • ‘The programme thus offers a sophisticated interpretation of the nature of law and the role that law plays in people's lives.’
      • ‘Her interpretation and singing in that role, as far as I was concerned, was magical.’
      • ‘The Beckett Society sent Evans a letter congratulating him on his interpretation of the role.’
      • ‘Each viewer brings their own frame of reference, which triggers an unique interpretation of the work.’
      rendition, rendering, execution, presentation, performance, reading, playing, singing
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Late Middle English: from Old French interpretation or Latin interpretatio(n-), from the verb interpretari (see interpret).