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interpret for someone

to translate speech in a foreign language for someone. (Interpreting is done in real time.) Nina interpreted for Michael, since he understood very little Russian. Is there someone who can interpret for me?
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interpret something as something

to assume that something means something. Don't interpret what I just said as criticism. It will be interpreted as criticism no matter what you say.
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interpret something for someone

 
1. to translate a foreign language for someone. (Interpreting is done in real time.) Couldyou interpret the ambassador's address for me? Nina interpreted the director's greetings for the visitors.
2. to explain something unclear to someone. Let me interpret the instructions for you. The instructions have been interpreted for me by the manager.
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Intersubjectiveity in interpreted interactions: The interpreter's role in co-construction of meaning.
While Hermann Gunkel saw aesthetic value in the story, Immanuel Kant interpreted it negatively, i.
In making its case, the OLC made several points: the term "militia" at the time of the Founding was "the entire population of able-bodied male citizens"; a preface to an amendment, of which this wording is an example, cannot logically be interpreted to take away the right that is protected by the Amendment; and the Second Amendment was meant to secure people in their right to possess guns for individual self-defense.
Most major medical centers, health care providers, and many individual physicians now dictate directly to their computers, or to computer connected handheld recorders or telephone systems where their dictation is interpreted into text.
In that same vein, these individuals have routinely been interpreted as evidence for existing prehistoric social structures that called upon members of a group to support one another.
This combination enables her to interpret her texts in order to describe how curious individuals were interpreted.
The convicted administrator interpreted guidelines one way, state authorities interpreted them another, and the courts interpreted them yet a third way.
While these examples contribute to an emerging picture of instructional decision-making, they cannot be interpreted as a complete or defining picture of this notion.
As several authors appreciatively note, Taylor calls for serious consideration of the institutional contexts in which Ovid was likely to have been interpreted by Shakespeare's contemporaries in their schooldays and beyond.
The range of things interpreted is unlimited, including not only events and human characters but mysterious figures like the three traveling males and the lady in the yard with a basket (102), as well as the Cross, dreams, and potential signs.
Six recent books on the Bible look back at the people and places from whence the Good Book sprang, examine the ways we have interpreted these sacred writings, and ask how scripture has shaped our own language and politics.
DeCastro said the MTA interpreted limitations on the use of the money to apply to basic subway construction items, which were part of a funding agreement with the federal government.
For the years at issue, the code and regulations--as interpreted by published revenue rulings--were ambiguous.
8 /PRNewswire/ -- Over half-way into the 1994 theatre season, San Diego audiences have reacted with enthusiasm to performances interpreted for guests who are deaf and hard of hearing.
To determine a guarantor's liability, these cases must be carefully interpreted in light of modern day commercial transactions and the specific language commonly contained in current interest guaranties.
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