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Meaning of “translate” in the English Dictionary

"translate" in British English

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translateverb [I or T]

uk   us   /trænsˈleɪt/ /trænz-/
B1 to ​change words into a different ​language: We were ​asked to translate a ​list of ​sentences. She ​works for the UN, translating fromEnglish intoFrench.
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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 intopracticalpolicy? 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 ​actionsmean a ​particular thing: He ​mumbled something which I translated as ​agreement.

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

"translate" in American English

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translateverb [I/T]

 us   /trænsˈleɪt, ˈtræns·leɪt/
to ​change writing or ​speech from one ​language into another: [I] Poetry does not translate ​easily. If you translate an ​activity, you ​change it into a new ​form or ​condition: [I] The ​ability to ​talkclearly does not ​automatically translate into the ​ability to write ​clearly.
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noun [C/U]  us   /trænsˈleɪ·ʃən/
[C] I do translations at ​internationalmeetings.
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noun [C]  us   /trænsˈleɪ·t̬ər, ˈtræns·leɪ·t̬ər/
He is a translator at the UN.
(Definition of translate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"translate" in Business English

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translateverb

uk   us   /trænzˈleɪt/
[I or T] to ​change something into a different ​form, or to be ​changed in this way: be translated into sth An organization's "​missionstatement" is typically translated into a set of ​goals and ​measures which are then ​passed down to ​individualdepartments.translate into sth Higher R&D ​spending does not always translate into ​competitiveadvantage.translate sth into sth The Purchase Funnel Assessment ​assesses how ​effectively a ​brand translates ​awareness into ​purchases and ​retention.
[I or T] to ​change the words of one ​language into the words in another ​language that have the same ​meaning: Finding ​interpreters who can translate directly from Estonian to Portuguese is almost impossible.translate sth into sth You can't just translate an English ​website into Spanish and ​assume it will still be ​effective.be translated into sth The ​book has been translated into more than twenty ​languages.
[T] FINANCE, ACCOUNTING if an ​amount in one ​currency is translated into another ​currency, its ​value is given in the other ​currency: be translated into sth Foreign ​income is translated into U.S. ​dollars at the ​averageexchangerate for the ​taxyear in which the ​transactions are ​conducted.
(Definition of translate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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