communication of the meaning of a source-language text by means of an equivalent target-language text

Translation means to copy writing or speech from one language into a different language.

The people who do translation are called translators. A translator who is copying a book into another language may use a language dictionary to find out how a word is written in another language. A translator who works with the spoken word is also called an interpreter. Translators can work independently as freelancers or by being hired by translation agencies. People translate poetry, novels, drama, or short stories are called literary translators.

In computer technology, translation from a programming language to a machine language is called compiling.

There are free translators on the internet.

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