Verb: translate 'tranz,leyt or tranz'leyt or 'tran(t)s,leyt [N. Amer], trãnz'leyt or tran(t)s'leyt [Brit]
- Restate (words) from one language into another language
"I have to translate when my in-laws from Austria visit the U.S."; "He translates for the U.N.";
- interpret, render
- Change from one form or medium into another
"Braque translated collage into oil";
- Make sense of a language
"She translates French";
- understand, read, interpret
- Bring to a certain spiritual state
- (geometry) change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation
- Be equivalent in effect
"the growth in income translates into greater purchasing power"
- Be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way
"poetry often does not translate"; "Tolstoy's novels translate well into English"
- (physics) subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body
- Express, as in simple and less technical language
"Can you translate the instructions in this manual for a layman?"; "Is there a need to translate the psychiatrist's remarks?"
- (genetics) determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA
Derived forms: translated, translates, translating
Type of: alter, ascertain, be, change, channel, channelise [Brit], channelize, determine, displace, equal, find, find out, ingeminate, iterate, modify, move, paraphrase, reiterate, repeat, rephrase, restate, retell, reword, transfer, transmit, transport, understand