interpreter

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From Middle English interpreter, interpretour, from Latin interpretor (to explain, expound, understand), from interpres (agent, translator).

Displaced native Old English wealhstod.

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interpreter (plural interpreters)

  1. (translation studies) One who conveys what a user of one language is saying or signing, in real time or shortly after that person has finished communicating, to a user of a different language. (Contrasted with a translator.)
    A Japanese man who is tried before a German court is assisted by an interpreter in making oral statements.
    • 1991, Jerome Daniel Schein, Enid G. Wolf-Schein, University of Alberta. Western Canadian Centre for Studies in Deafness, Postsecondary Education for Deaf Students:
      Once in the classroom the interpreter might inform the deaf person of various auditory information occurring in the environment such as: The teacher has a strong accent. Your hearing aid is making a noise. The fire alarm has gone off!
  2. (figurative) One who explains something, such as an art exhibit. One who does heritage interpretation.
  3. (computing) A program that executes another program written in a high-level language by reading the instructions in real time rather than by compiling it in advance.
    Programs written in the BASIC language are usually run through an interpreter, though some can be compiled.

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Latin[edit]

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interpreter

  1. first-person singular present active subjunctive of interpretor

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Verb[edit]

interpreter

  1. to interpret; to find meaning in something

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  • Middle French conjugation varies from one text to another. Hence, the following conjugation should be considered as typical, not as exhaustive.

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  • French: interpréter

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English interpreter.

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  • IPA(key): /intěrpreter/
  • Hyphenation: in‧ter‧pre‧ter

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intèrpreter m (Cyrillic spelling интѐрпретер)

  1. interpreter

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