1 tr. (also absol.) a (often foll. by into) express the sense of (a word, sentence, speech, book, etc.) in another language. b do this as a profession etc. (translates for the UN).
2 intr. (of a literary work etc.) be translatable, bear translation (does not translate well).
3 tr. express (an idea, book, etc.) in another, esp. simpler, form.
4 tr. interpret the significance of; infer as (translated his silence as dissent).
5 tr. move or change, esp. from one person, place, or condition, to another (was translated by joy).
6 intr. (foll. by into) result in; be converted into; manifest itself as.
7 tr. Eccl. a remove (a bishop) to another see. b remove (a saint's relics etc.) to another place.
8 tr. Bibl. convey to heaven without death; transform.
9 tr. Mech. a cause (a body) to move so that all its parts travel in the same direction. b impart motion without rotation to.
translatable adj. translatability n.
ME f. L translatus, past part. of transferre: see TRANSFER
English, alter, assign, carry, carry over, change, communicate, consign, construe, convert, convey, decipher, decode, deliver, deport, diffuse, dispatch, disseminate, elucidate, expel, explain, export, extradite, forward, hand forward, hand on, hand over, impart, import, interpret, make over, metabolize, metamorphose, metaphrase, metastasize, metathesize, move, mutate, paraphrase, pass, pass on, pass over, pass the buck, perfuse, relay, render, reword, rewrite, send, ship, spell out, spread, switch, transcribe, transfer, transfer property, transfigure, transform, transfuse, transliterate, translocate, transmit, transmogrify, transmute, transplace, transplant, transport, transpose, transubstantiate, turn, turn into, turn over
call, ordain, induct, prefer, translate
, consecrate, present, take orders, take the tonsure, take the veil, take vows.
interpret, explain, define, construe, translate
, render, do into, turn into, transfuse the sense of, find out, 1 the meaning of, read, spell out, make out, decipher, unravel, disentangle, find the key of, enucleate, resolve, solve, read between the lines, account for, find the cause, tell the cause of, throw light upon, shed light upon, shed new light upon, shed fresh light upon, clear up, clarify, elucidate, illustrate, exemplify, unfold, expound, comment upon, annotate, popularize, take in a particular sense, understand in a particular sense, receive in a particular sense, accept in a particular sense, understand by, put a construction on, be given to understand.