Meaning of “interpretation” in the English Dictionary

"interpretation" in British English

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interpretationnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ɪnˌtɜː.prəˈteɪ.ʃən/ us /ɪnˌtɝː.prəˈteɪ.ʃən/

interpretation noun [ C or U ] (EXPLANATION)

C2 an explanation or opinion of what something means:

The dispute is based on two widely differing interpretations of the law.
The rules are vague and open to interpretation.
It is difficult for many people to accept a literal interpretation of the Bible.

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  • He would be found guilty under a strict interpretation of the law.
  • We were disappointed that they insisted on such a rigid interpretation of the rules.
  • The law permits of no other interpretation.
  • It was regarded as a very narrow interpretation of the law.
  • The evidence allows of only one interpretation - he was murdered by his wife.

(Definition of “interpretation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"interpretation" in American English

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interpretationnoun [ C/U ]

us /ɪnˌtɜr·prɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

an explanation or opinion of what something means:

[ C ] We had different interpretations of the survey results.

An interpretation by actors or musicians is the expression by their performance of their understanding of the part or parts they are playing:

[ C ] Masur’s interpretation of the Brahms symphony was masterful.

(Definition of “interpretation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)