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translate

verb [I or T] uk   /trænsˈleɪt/ /trænz-/ us  
B1 to change words into a different language: We were asked to translate a list of sentences. She works for the EU, translating from English into French.
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C2 to change something into a new form, especially to turn a plan into something real: So how does this theory translate into practical policy? The ways of working that he had learned at college did not translate well (= were not suitable) to the world of business. translate sth as sth to decide that words, behaviour, or actions mean a particular thing: He mumbled something which I translated as agreement.
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