1: to change words from one language into another language
// My client speaks only Spanish. Will you translate for me?
// The French word “bonjour” translates as “hello” in English.
2: to explain (something) in a way that is easier to understand
// Can you translate this technical jargon?
3: to have the same meaning
// To teenagers, “middle-aged” translates as “boring.” [=teenagers think middle-aged people are boring]Seventy million Americans—that translates into one American out of every four—are under the age of 24.
Full Definition of translate
1a: to turn into one’s own or another languageb: to transfer or turn from one set of symbols into another : TRANSCRIBEc(1): to express in different terms and especially different words : PARAPHRASE(2): to express in more comprehensible terms : EXPLAIN, INTERPRET2a: to bear, remove, or change from one place, state, form, or appearance to another : TRANSFER, TRANSFORM translate ideas into actionb: to convey to heaven or to a nontemporal condition without deathc: to transfer (a bishop) from one see to another3: ENRAPTURE4: to subject to mathematical translation5: to subject (genetic information) to translation in protein synthesis
1: to practice translation or make a translationalso : to admit of or be adaptable to translationa word that doesn’t translate easily2: to undergo a translation3: LEAD, RESULT —usually used with intobelieves that tax cuts will translate into economic growth