Interpret and Tell


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Interpret verb – To make plain or understandable.
Tell and interpret are semantically related. In some cases you can use "Tell" instead a verb "Interpret".
Nearby Words: interpretation, interpreted, interpreter, interpretive, interpreting
Synonyms for Interpret


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Tell verb – To give an oral or written account of in some detail.
Interpret and tell are semantically related. Sometimes you can use "Interpret" instead a verb "Tell".
Nearby Words: telling, teller
Synonyms for Tell

Common collocations

character interpret character tell character
name interpret name tell name
way interpret way tell way
characters interpret characters tell characters
Other nouns: world, story, information, feelings.

Both words in one sentence

  • Video Game / SCP - Containment Breach Should you gas him then open the door, he will instead tell you that SCP-012 is a map that you can interpret by "reading between the lines".
  • However, she tends to automatically interpret everything they tell her in a sexual way.
  • Series / My Hero Cassie trying to actually tell people about what she sees in the future goes about as well as you'd expect when she's trying to interpret what she sees with only a few hours experience to work with.
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