Meaning of TRANSLATE in English


I. tran(t)ˈslāt, traan-, -nzˈ- also ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷, usu -ād.+V verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Latin translatus, tralatus (suppletive past participle of transferre to transfer, translate), from trans- + latus, suppletive past participle of ferre to bear, carry — more at bear , tolerate

transitive verb


a. : to bear, remove, or change from one place or condition to another : transport , transfer , convey — usually used with to

I was translated from the country to the city — Kenneth Mackenzie

he translated the fight … to the public arena — L.M.Hughes

a fine play has been superlatively translated to the screen — Current Biography

the saint's relics were translated from the crypt to the … shrine — Dorothy G. Spicer

translated him to the War Department — N.W.Stephenson & H.W.H.Knott

b. : to remove or convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without death

by faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death — Heb 11:5 (Authorized Version)

those Muslims who hold that the Mahdi was translated in an earlier century

c. : to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another

if a bishop be translated he must be introduced as the holder of the see — T.E.May


a. : to turn into one's own or another language : render

is learning to translate Latin

— usually used with into

Chinese ideograms are translated into Japanese — David Diringer

had to translate the characters into spoken Korean — Cornelius Osgood

b. : to transfer or turn from any special system of representation, set of symbols, or calculus into another such system, set, or calculus : transcribe — usually used with into

imperative that the reporter translate his notes into longhand — B.M.Metzger

translate books into braille

a linguistic code … can be translated into a binary code — R.W.Brown b. 1925

translate mathematical truths into logical truths

c. : decode , encode

this solution will permit the cryptanalyst to translate additional messages — W.W.R.Ball

when he translates his message into a coded one — Aaron Bakst

d. : to express in different words : paraphrase — usually used with into

what remains of the poetry after we have translated it into prose

the terminology used by technicians … is translated into the language of the layman — Lucile Bagwell

e. : to express in explanatory or more comprehensible terms : explain , interpret

the element which is so difficult to translate in the idea of fair play — Margaret Mead

it translates my childish impressions accurately enough — A.T.Quiller-Couch

all such novels have their special language which you must translate … to learn the real intention of the artist — M.D.Geismar

— often used with into

has translated Moloc's words into contemporary human terms — Wayne Burns


a. : to change the substance, form, or appearance of : transform , transmute , convert — usually used with into

translates the girl into a witch

the projection kinescope … translates the video signal into a pattern of light and shadows on the tube face — C.L.Dawes

cars are translated into scrap — New Yorker

the time required to translate new ideas into practical military weapons — H.S.Truman

the prime mover which translates energy into power — Roger Burlingame

designers translate the … styling of an import into a modified and wearable version for the American woman — Dorothy O'Neill

b. Britain : to transform (old garments or shoes) by repairing, renovating, or remaking from old materials

for two of these the costumes were translated from old sets — E.K.Chambers

a number of men were fixing up — translating — old boots — Robert Sandall

4. : transport , enrapture , entrance

5. : to change the position of (a body or figure) in space without rotation

6. : to repeat or forward (a message) by telegraphic translation

intransitive verb


a. : to practice rendering from one language or representational system into another

he translates for the patent attorney

also : to make such a rendering or translation

no one but a language learner needs to be told … that a word-for-word transposition does not translate — Jackson Mathews

in class the teacher asks him to translate

b. : to admit of or be adaptable to translation

words that translate into every language — D.D.Eisenhower

a Portuguese word that does not translate easily — David Dodge

2. : to repeat or forward a message by telegraphic translation

II. transitive verb

: to subject (as genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.