I (comprehend) verb accipere, analyze, apprehend, ascertain the meaning of, assimilate, be aware of, be given to understand, cognize, conceive of, conclude, conclude from evidence, consignify, decipher, decode, deduce, deduce by interpretation, deduce the meaning of, deduct, derive by reasoning, determine, determine exactly, discern, disentangle, divine, draw an inference, draw as an implication, explain, fathom, figure out, find out the meaning of, form an opinion, gather, glean, grasp mentally, grow aware, infer, interpret, judge, ken, make deductions, master, opine, perceive, ratiocinate, realize, reason, represent, see through, seize, show the meaning of, solve, take one's meaning, understand, understand by, understand the meaning of II (translate) verb analyze, assign a meaning to, characterize, characterize precisely, clarify, clear up, connote, convey, decipher, decode, define, delineate, demonstrate, denote, depict, describe, disclose, elucidate, enlighten, enunciate, explain, explicate, exposit, expound, express, give explanation to, give sense to, illuminate, illustrate, indicate, inform, interpret, interpretari, literalize, make intelligible, of, outline, paraphrase, put a meaning on, put an interpretation, put in other words, render, render intelligible, rephrase, restate, retranslate, reveal, reword, signify, transfuse the sense, unfold, unravel associated concepts: construe the law III index characterize, clarify, deduce, deduct (conclude by reasoning), define, derive (deduce), elucidate, expound, infer, interpret, rationalize, render (depict)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To find the meaning in words or actions. See also construction

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

To determine the meaning of a written document, statute, or legal decision, based upon rules of legal interpretation.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

v. To analyze, explain, interpret.
See also construction.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   to determine the meaning of the words of a written document, statute or legal decision, based upon rules of legal interpretation as well as normal, widely accepted meanings.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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