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Pronunciation: (in-tûr"pri-tā'shun), [key]
1. the act of interpreting; elucidation; explication: This writer's work demands interpretation.
2. an explanation of the meaning of another's artistic or creative work; an elucidation: an interpretation of a poem.
3. a conception of another's behavior: a charitable interpretation of his tactlessness.
4. a way of interpreting.
5. the rendering of a dramatic part, music, etc., so as to bring out the meaning, or to indicate one's particular conception of it.
6. oral translation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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