Definition of reinterpret in US English:


verbreinterprets, reinterpreted, reinterpreting

[with object]
  • Interpret (something) in a new or different way.

    • ‘I want to take the traditional emblems of Britain and reinterpret them in a modern way,’ he says.’
    • ‘Central to the play's structure is James' tedious game of periodically reinterpreting a painting unseen by the audience.’
    • ‘Almost everyone has a special and heartwarming experience the first time they visit an old-time country open-mic night, but I'm not particularly interested in reinterpreting traditional songs anymore.’
    • ‘Throughout the day I have given him a series of ways in which he can reinterpret the experience differently to his initial assumptions.’
    • ‘After all, it was not unusual for traditional singers to adapt and reinterpret Victorian music-hall songs.’
    • ‘By reinterpreting its negative associations, the mural has given this site a new identity.’
    • ‘How he reinterprets their inspiration is typified by the tiny room at the rear of the gallery in which what strikes us at first as a table in a bookshop is laid out with five or 10 copies each of what appear to be new books.’
    • ‘Two of the biggest names in rock and rap have joined forces to create reinterpreted amalgamations of their hits.’
    • ‘The creative team behind the production admitted that adapting such a classical novel and reinterpreting it as a dance was extremely challenging, since every reader already imagined the story's main characters in definite ways.’
    • ‘Artists attempt to reinterpret their cultural past by which they have to understand and make sense of the present they live in.’
    • ‘Later, he returned to Bach's work alongside artists from a variety of disciplines, reinterpreting each suite for a series of films.’
    • ‘You see governments amending their laws and reinterpreting their laws to adapt to the new situation.’
    • ‘Every artist, in the process, reinterprets the same symbols for a new generation; this is what I do in my books.’
    • ‘We don't like it when politicians change their minds or try to reinterpret previous actions or statements according to what suits the current social climate.’
    • ‘Paulin's book is part of this general attempt to reinvent and reinterpret the past.’
    • ‘The writing took shape after several sessions reinterpreting old material.’
    • ‘I have an interest in religious folk art, and I'm always amazed and moved by the way that various peoples reinterpret the figures of the Christian faith.’
    • ‘Public pressure can persuade the federal government to reinterpret its immigration policy toward those who refuse to fight in an illegal war.’
    • ‘Dylan may be a living legend who changed forever the way rock music sounds, but his passion for reinterpreting his songs remains.’
    • ‘Old information is reinterpreted and integrated in light of startling new evidence.’