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Interpretation is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.


  • (US) IPA (key): /ɪntɚprəˈteɪʃən/
  • (UK) IPA (key): /ɪntəprəˈteɪʃən/
  • Hyphenation: in‧ter‧pre‧ta‧tion
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Mindmap interpretation
  1. (countable & uncountable) An interpretation is an attempt to understand something.
    Weather forecasters use a lot of data, but the interpretation of the data is very difficult.
    In our interpretation the output data in Table 2 is an acceptable variation of that in Table 1.
  2. (countable) An interpretation is one meaning that something might have, or one way that one person understands something.
    I don't think your interpretation is what the writer meant.
    One interpretation of the poem "Cross" by Langston Hughes is that "Cross" symbolize the speaker's mixed race.
    The hospital offers interpretation services between English and French, Spanish, and Punjabi.
  3. An interpretation expresses an individual’s opinion about artistic work.
    One interpretation of "Alive" is that people will do anything to survive.


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