Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To render in another language.
  • transitive v. To put into simpler terms; explain or interpret.
  • transitive v. To express in different words; paraphrase.
  • transitive v. To change from one form, function, or state to another; convert or transform: translate ideas into reality.
  • transitive v. To express in another medium.
  • transitive v. To transfer from one place or condition to another.
  • transitive v. To forward or retransmit (a telegraphic message).
  • transitive v. Ecclesiastical To transfer (a bishop) to another see.
  • transitive v. To convey to heaven without death.
  • transitive v. Physics To subject (a body) to translation.
  • transitive v. Biology To subject (messenger RNA) to translation.
  • transitive v. Archaic To enrapture.
  • intransitive v. To make a translation.
  • intransitive v. To work as a translator.
  • intransitive v. To admit of translation.
  • intransitive v. To be changed or transformed in effect. Often used with into or to: "Today's low inflation and steady growth in household income translate into more purchasing power” ( Thomas G. Exter).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To change text (of a book, document, Web site, movie, anime, video game etc.) from one language to another.
  • v. To have a translation into another language.
  • v. To change from one form or medium to another.
  • v. To change from one form to another.
  • v. To subject (a body) to translation, i.e., to move a body on a linear path with no rotation.
  • v. To move or carry from one place or position to another; to transfer.
  • v. To remove to heaven without a natural death.
  • v. To remove, as a bishop, from one see to another.
  • v. To cause to lose senses or recollection; to entrance.
  • v. To rearrange a song from music genre to another.
  • n. (in Euclidean spaces) A set of points obtained by adding a given fixed vector to each point of a given set.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To make a translation; to be engaged in translation.
  • transitive v. To bear, carry, or remove, from one place to another; to transfer.
  • transitive v. To change to another condition, position, place, or office; to transfer; hence, to remove as by death.
  • transitive v. To remove to heaven without a natural death.
  • transitive v. To remove, as a bishop, from one see to another.
  • transitive v. To render into another language; to express the sense of in the words of another language; to interpret; hence, to explain or recapitulate in other words.
  • transitive v. To change into another form; to transform.
  • transitive v. To cause to remove from one part of the body to another.
  • transitive v. To cause to lose senses or recollection; to entrance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In mech., to move (a solid body), or to cause (it) to be moved, in such a way that all lines which join different points (of it) are always parallel to the lines which joined these points when it was at rest.
  • To bear, carry, or remove from one place to another; transfer; specifically, in mech., to impart to (a particle or body) a motion in which all its parts move in the same direction.
  • To transfer from one office or charge to another. In ecclesiastical law:
  • In Scottish Presbyterian churches, to transfer from one pastoral charge to another: said of a clergyman.
  • To remove or convey to heaven without death.
  • To put into an ecstasy; ravish; put out of or beside one's self.
  • To cause to remove from one part of the body to another: as, to translate a disease.
  • To change into another form; transform.
  • To render into another language; express the sense of (something expressed in the words of one language) in the words of another language; interpret.
  • To explain by using other words; express in other terms; hence, figuratively, to present in another form.
  • To make clear or evident to the mind or to the senses without speech; convey to the mind or the senses, as by experience.
  • To manufacture from old material; especially, in cheap shoemaking, to make (shoes or boots) by using parts of old ones.
  • In telegraphy, to retransmit (a message). See translation, 7.
  • To be engaged in translating, or practise translation.
  • In telegraphy, to retransmit a message automatically over another line, or over a continuation of: the same line.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make sense of a language
  • v. change from one form or medium into another
  • v. express, as in simple and less technical language
  • v. restate (words) from one language into another language
  • v. be equivalent in effect
  • v. be translatable, or be translatable in a certain way
  • v. bring to a certain spiritual state
  • v. change the position of (figures or bodies) in space without rotation
  • v. subject to movement in which every part of the body moves parallel to and the same distance as every other point on the body
  • v. determine the amino-acid sequence of a protein during its synthesis by using information on the messenger RNA

Etymologies

Middle English translaten, from Old French translater, from Latin trānslātus, past participle of trānsferre, to transfer : trāns-, trans- + lātus, brought.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English translaten from Classical Latin translatus, past participle of transferre, from trans- “across” + latus, "borne", "carried", irregular perfect passive participle of verb ferre “to bear”. Displaced native Middle English awenden ("to change, translate") (from Old English āwendan), Middle English irecchen ("to explain, expound, interpret") (from Old English ġereccan), and Old English ġeþēodan ("to engage in, translate"). (Wiktionary)

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  • acleanslate?

    March 24, 2011

  • Cf. traduce.

    March 24, 2011

  • #3 Oh, beautiful!
    #4 For spacious skies.

    March 23, 2011

  • #5 could use some clarification.
    #3: I imagine that the bishop in question would be constrained to move diagonally from see to shining see.

    March 23, 2011

  • "3. To transfer from one office or charge to another. In ecclesiastical law: To remove from one see to another: said of a bishop.
    4. In Scottish Presbyterian churches, to transfer from one pastoral charge to another: said of a clergyman.
    5. To remove or convey to heaven without death.
    6. To put into an ecstasy; ravish; put out of or beside one's self.
    7. To cause to remove from one part of the body to another: as, to translate a disease."

    --Century Dictionary

    March 23, 2011

  • I'm so glad you like it! Please let me know if you have any suggestions or comments about how it's implemented. The translations themselves come from the Google Language API.

    If you don't know what we're talking about, we recently added a 'translate' option to every word, but initially rolled it out to half of Wordnki's visitors (chosen randomly), so we could test it and make sure it didn't screw up anything else. It's looking pretty good though, so we'll probably be rolling it out to everyone very soon.

    If you can't wait, clear your cookies and reload. Repeat until you see a translate option to the right of the links below each word :-)

    April 29, 2010

  • Whoa! AWESOME new feature!

    April 29, 2010