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Definition 1: the act of interpreting something as expressed in an artistic performance - [noun denoting act]

Samples where interpretation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • her rendition of Milton's verse was extraordinarily moving

Synonyms for interpretation in the sense of this definition

(interpretation is a kind of ...) the act of presenting a play or a piece of music or other entertainment

"we congratulated him on his performance at the rehearsal" "an inspired performance of Mozart's C minor concerto"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a new or different interpretation

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a distinctive interpretation (especially as used by politicians to sway public opinion)

"the campaign put a favorable spin on the story"

Definition 2: an explanation of something that is not immediately obvious - [noun denoting cognition]

Samples where interpretation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the edict was subject to many interpretations
  • he annoyed us with his interpreting of parables
  • often imitations are extended to provide a more accurate rendition of the child's intended meaning

Synonyms for interpretation in the sense of this definition

(interpretation is a kind of ...) thought that makes something comprehensible

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation of the U.S. constitution holding that the spirit of the times and the needs of the nation can legitimately influence judicial decisions (particularly decisions of the Supreme Court)

Definition 3: a mental representation of the meaning or significance of something - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for interpretation in the sense of this definition

(interpretation is a kind of ...) a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a new or different meaning

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a mystical or allegorical interpretation (especially of Scripture)

Definition 4: an explanation that results from interpreting something - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where interpretation or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the report included his interpretation of the forensic evidence

(interpretation is a kind of ...) a statement that makes something comprehensible by describing the relevant structure or operation or circumstances etc.

"the explanation was very simple" "I expected a brief account"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation that easily understandable and acceptable

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation formed by piecing together bits of evidence

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation of a text or action

"they put an unsympathetic construction on his conduct"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a particular interpretation or performance

"on that reading it was an insult" "he was famous for his reading of Mozart"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation of a matter from a particular viewpoint

"his version of the fight was different from mine"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation based on the exact wording

(... is a kind of interpretation ) the endeavor of a Moslem scholar to derive a rule of divine law from the Koran and Hadith without relying on the views of other scholars; by the end of the 10th century theologians decided that debate on such matters would be closed and Muslim theology and law were frozen

"some reform-minded Islamic scholars believe that reopening ijtihad is a prerequisite for the survival of Islam"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an explanation or critical interpretation (especially of the Bible)

(... is a kind of interpretation ) personal interpretation of a text (especially of the Bible) using your own ideas

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding

"the professor's clarification helped her to understand the textbook"

(... is a kind of interpretation ) an interpretation of the meaning of something; the act of construing

(... is a kind of interpretation ) a systematic interpretation or explanation (usually written) of a specific topic

(... is a kind of interpretation ) putting the wrong interpretation on

"his misinterpretation of the question caused his error" "there was no mistaking her meaning"

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