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interpret (something) as (something)

To infer, assume, or believe that something has a particular meaning. Don't interpret this as some big rejection—he can't go because he's busy, that's all. You know Aunt Marie—she interprets everything as a slight.
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interpret away

To use a particular reading or analysis of something to try to minimize or dismiss an aspect of it. A noun or pronoun can be used between "interpret" and "away." I hate when people try to interpret away the very important sociopolitical themes in his poetry. Are you trying to interpret these sections away because they conflict with your thesis?
See also: away, interpret

interpret for (someone)

1. To serve as a translator for someone, especially between people who speak different languages. A noun or pronoun can be used between "interpret" and "for." Leonard interpreted for me so that I could respond to the French reporters' questions. Can you interpret the French reporters' questions for me?
2. By extension, to help someone to make sense of or understand something confusing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "interpret" and "for." Hey, can you interpret Joe's email for me? I have no idea what he's talking about.
See also: for, interpret
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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?
See also: for, interpret

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.
See also: interpret

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.
See also: for, interpret
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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If the interpreter interprets faithfully, the target audience from another culture who hold different attitude towards power distance may receive the message negatively, thus leading to unpleasant consequences.
In other words, interpreting is done only when the speaker completes each intelligible chunk of the speech or the entire speech and stops; the interpreter then takes over and interprets the chunk or the entire speech without any interruption from the speaker.
the continual sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination unto desolation shall be set up ..." (For those who may not be aware, the Haydock Commentary on the Douay-Rheims Bible interprets this passage as follows: "the abolishing of the Mass as much as possible, and the practice of heresy and abomination, unto the end of antichrist's persecution ...")
Unlike many other sensor systems which capture specific pressures within specific ranges at given moments in time (almost like taking a Polaroid), CTPSS records and interprets contact force in real time.
Throughout she analyzes and interprets both well-known authors like Jonathan Swift, Daniel Defoe, and Alexander Pope, and more obscure writers including Aphra Behn, Delariviere Manley, and Bonnell Thornton.
Pincus finds diverse sources and meanings for other motifs on the tomb and interprets the use of different styles as a deliberate effort to extend references "beyond Byzantium to other parts of the late medieval world" (28).
In each of these examples, Weimer interprets events by capturing spontaneous natural gestures, linking them to evocative body language, and thereby expressing basic human values that all of us understand.
Like versions of the African deity Legba, who interprets the workings of the cosmos to human beings, Consolata and Lone interpret and learn in intuitive, holistic, and open-ended ways, ways that provide a deeper understanding than do Patricia's charts and notes, and ways that jibe with the implications of Morrison's own rhetoric.
WHILE FINKELSTEIN AND SILBERMAN ARE CONCERNED with how the Bible interprets history, Harvard biblical scholar James Kugel wants us to look at the ways Jews and Christians have interpreted (and reinterpreted) the Bible.
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 Tax Court interprets the knowledge standard as it did before the amendment.
He interprets Galatians as a an example of deliberative rhetoric, rejects theories of multiple letters in Philippians, interpreting it as a letter of friendship, and regards 1 Thessalonians as a model of pastoral sensitivity and care.
She interprets the figure, whom she rechristens Mary Magdalen as Melancholy, as a symbolic self-portrait of the artist couched in terms which had previously been the exclusive property of Artemisia's male contemporaries.
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