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[in-tur-pri-tey-tiv] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪˌteɪ tɪv/

of, involving, or providing interpretation; expository

1560s, properly formed from past participle stem of Latin interpretari (see interpret). Interpretive means the same thing, but is less correct. Related: Interpretatively.


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    [in-tur-pri-ter] /ɪnˈtɜr prɪ tər/ noun 1. a person who interprets. 2. a person who provides an oral translation between speakers who speak different languages. 3. Computers. /ɪnˈtɜːprɪtə/ noun 1. a person who translates orally from one language into another 2. a person who interprets the work of others 3. (computing) n. “one who translates spoken […]

  • Interpretive

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