1 construe, convert, decipher, decode, interpret, paraphrase, render, transcribe, transliterate
2 elucidate, explain, make clear, paraphrase, put in plain English, simplify, spell out, state in layman's language
3 alter, change, convert, metamorphose, transfigure, transform, transmute, turn
4 carry, convey, move, remove, send, transfer, transplant, transport, transpose
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translate ( translates 3rd person present) ( translating present participle) ( translated past tense & past participle )
1 verb If something that someone has said or written is translatedfrom one language into another, it is said or written again in the second language.
Only a small number of Kadare's books have been translated into English... be V-ed into/from n
Martin Luther translated the Bible into German... V n into/from n
The Celtic word `geis' is usually translated as `taboo'... be V-ed as n
The girls waited for Mr Esch to translate. V
...Mr Mani by Yehoshua, translated from Hebrew by Hillel Halkin. V-ed, Also V n, V n as n
The papers have been sent to Saudi Arabia for translation.
2 verb If a name, a word, or an expression translatesas something in a different language, that is what it means in that language.
His family's Cantonese nickname for him translates as Never Sits Still. V as n
3 verb If one thing translates or is translatedinto another, the second happens or is done as a result of the first.
Reforming Warsaw's stagnant economy requires harsh measures that would translate into job losses... V into n
Your decision must be translated into specific, concrete actions. be V-ed into n
4 verb If you say that a remark, a gesture, or an action translatesas something, or that you translate it as something, you decide that this is what its significance is.
`I love him' often translates as `He's better than nothing'... V as n
I translated this as a mad desire to lock up every single person with HIV. V n as n
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