Definition of “translate” - English Dictionary

“translate” in English

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translateverb [ I or T ]

uk /trænzˈleɪt/ /trænsˈleɪt/ us /trænsˈleɪt/ /trænzˈleɪt/

B1 to change words into a different language:

We were asked to translate a list of sentences.
She works for the UN, translating from English into French.

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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(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 talk clearly does not automatically translate into the ability to write clearly.
noun [ C/U ] us /trænsˈleɪ·ʃən/

[ C ] I do translations at international meetings.
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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uk /trænzˈleɪt/ us

[ I or T ] to change something into a different form, or to be changed in this way:

be translated into sth An organization's "mission statement" is typically translated into a set of goals and measures which are then passed down to individual departments.
translate into sth Higher R&D spending does not always translate into competitive advantage.
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 average exchange rate for the tax year in which the transactions are conducted.

(Definition of “translate” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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To sum up, debt relief is not a panacea which by itself creates new resources, nor does it automatically translate into services for poor people or economic growth.
I will try to translate: in effect it says that there is nothing so difficult in this world that it cannot be resolved by people with high aspirations.
We therefore have the opportunity for our actions to be much more effective and focused, and to be able to translate our actions into a true partnership for renewal.
Experts have calculated, for example, that an increase of one year in an average person’s period of study would translate into a productivity gain of more than 6%.
Since then, we have also witnessed a - fortunately frustrated - attempt to no longer translate even generally binding standards which enhance our book-keeping into all official languages.
The right investments in research and scientific development will translate into the long-term construction of a knowledge-based society, which is one of the most important components of economic power.
Internal work has now been launched to translate the commitments contained in the consensus into a draft action plan that should be presented in the first semester of 2008.
Experience has also shown that political commitments require implementation and monitoring mechanisms so that they translate into something more than just good intentions.
I am sorry if perhaps you have never heard this and it is not easy to translate, but it means that, without money, nothing is possible.
The benefit of economic growth in the internal market ought to translate into both higher profits for businesses and higher protection and financial benefits for consumers.