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  1. (comparatively rare) simple past tense and past participle of interpret
    • 1717: Bishop Simon Patrick, Menſa Myſtica: or, A Diſcourse Concerning the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, “Aqua Genitalis: A Diſcourſe concerning baptism, in which is inſerted a Brief Diſcourſe to perſuade to a Confirmation of the Baptiſmal Vow”, pages 395–396 (7th edition, corrected)
      If any think it harſh to render thoſe words, For their dead Bodies, by theſe For the Reſurrection of their dead Bodies, (which in Baptiſm we profeſs to believe,) it is only for want of skill in the ſhort manner of ſpeaking, which the Hebrews uſe. And methinks they may otherwiſe be interpretted to the ſame ſenſe more plainly after this manner.
    • 2009: Rebecca Ann Lind, Race / Gender / Media: Considering Diversity Across Audiences, Content, and Producers, page 97 (2nd edition; Allyn & Bacon; →ISBN, 9780205537358)
      […] John Whalen asks, “How can ‘redskins’ be interpretted as anything other than blatant racism?[”]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The two-‘t’ spelling interpretted is nearly eighteen hundred times rarer than the one-‘t’ spelling interpreted.[1]


  1. ^ Google Book Search: “interpretted” = 2,870 results vs. “interpreted” = 5,160,000 results (as of 16:49, 5 August 2010 [UTC])