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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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1 : to explain the meaning of <She claims to interpret dreams.
This is largely the case with most of those who interpret into and/or from indigenous languages in churches, in courts, in hospitals, for the radio, etc.
If one interprets the papal kiss as approving everything in the book as orthodox, then the Holy Father is a heretic: if we interpret it as a gesture of goodwill, then the road to future discussions has been opened.
There is literally no waiting /'or this particular CTPSS system to analyze and interpret the compressive load data captured by the sensing element.
9-10) she recognizes the growth of consumption and the increasing ability of individuals to interpret for themselves.
Calling it the "first instance in the West of ruler burial in a baptistery" (90), Pincus interprets the tomb as appropriating for the doge the imagery and prerogatives of bishops' tombs, thus presenting the doge as a religious as well as a political ruler "who serves as a conduit for divine illumination" (104).
Effective photojournalists interpret, rather than record, the news by expressing values that all of us share as human beings.
Soane Morgan has a vision of "a lady in the yard smiling" and holding an empty basket (102), which she interprets as a sign of her forthcoming miscarriage; Richard Misner feels that Jesus is literally walking with him as he struggles to understand Ruby (161); and Mavis is frequently consoled by an unnamed "night visitor" (260).
In terms of the routinization of charism, Massa interprets the conflict between IHM nuns and Cardinal Francis McIntyre of Los Angeles, from 1965 to 1970, as a charismatic disturbance, initiated ironically by Vatican II's call for religious to return to their founding charisms.
Of 37 people who had suffered cerebral damage, mainly due to strokes, only those whose injuries involved one of two right-brain areas-one that interprets visual input and one that perceives body states-showed difficulty in recognizing fear and anger in faces.
The operator of PEL 115 interprets that Wilpinnie 3 was drilled close to the oil-water contact of the interpreted Tomcat Prospect closure.
By showing less, this picture interprets the snowplow's task for us, representing its struggle against the forces of nature.
Carlson interprets each of these authorial choices as calculated bids for favorable attention from his audience, and reads the subsequent fortunes of the author as evidence for the success or failure of specific strategies of presentation.
The PEL 115 JV partners interprets that Wilpinnie-3 was drilled close to the oil-water contact of the interpreted Tomcat Prospect closure.
So well, in fact, that Leybovich regularly interprets for such major international players as McDermott international, Combustion Engineering, Dresser Industries, Babcock & Wilcox, Westinghouse, General Electric and other clients of the translation firm.
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