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"interpret" in British English

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interpretverb

uk   /ɪnˈtɜː.prɪt/  us   /-ˈtɝː-/

interpret verb (FIND MEANING)

C1 [T] to ​decide what the ​intendedmeaning of something is: It's ​difficult to interpret these ​statistics without ​knowing how they were ​obtained. A ​jury should not interpret the ​silence of a ​defendant as a ​sign of ​guilt.
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interpret verb (EXPRESS)

[T] to ​expressyour own ​ideas about the ​intendedmeaning of a ​play or a ​piece of ​music when ​performing it: If Shakespeare's ​plays are to ​reach a ​largeaudience they need to be interpreted in a ​modernstyle.

interpret verb (BETWEEN LANGUAGES)

B2 [I or T] to ​change what someone is saying into another ​language: We had to ​askourguide to interpret for us.
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(Definition of interpret from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"interpret" in American English

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interpretverb

 us   /ɪnˈtɜr·prɪt/

interpret verb (FIND MEANING)

[T] to ​describe the ​meaning of something; ​examine in ​order to ​explain: It’s ​difficult to interpret these ​statistics without ​knowing how they were ​obtained.

interpret verb (CHANGE LANGUAGE)

[I/T] to ​change what someone is saying into the words of another ​language; translate : [I] I had to ​ask someone to interpret for me because I don’t ​know any Italian.
(Definition of interpret from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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