inflected forms: interprets; interpreted; interpreting
1 [with object] : to explain the meaning of (something) • interpret a dream • We need someone to interpret these results for us. • How should we interpret the law/rules/decision?
2 [with object] : to understand (something) in a specified way • Iinterpreted his behavior to mean that he disliked me. — often followed by as • I interpreted his behavior as indicating that he disliked me. • Her comment was meant to be interpreted assarcasm.
3 [with object] : to perform (something, such as a song or a role) in a way that shows your own thoughts and feelings about it • Every actor interprets the role of Hamlet a little differently.
4 [no object] : to translate the words that someone is speaking into a different language : to repeat what someone says in a different language than the language originally used • I’ll need someone tointerpret for me when I travel to China.
— interpretable /ɪnˈtɚprətəbəl/ adjective [more interpretable; most interpretable] • These results are not easily interpretable.