interpreter

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Computer language processor that translates a program line-by-line (statement-by-statement) and carries out the specified actions in sequence. In contrast, an assembler or compiler completely translates a program written in a high-level language (the source program) into a machine-language program (the object program) for later execution. Whereas a compiled-program executes much faster than an interpreted-program, an interpreter allows examination and modification of the program while it is running (executing).

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The interpreter was vital to the software's success as the software engineer explained the process to us articulately and thoroughly.
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I had my friend be the interpreter for me while I talked to the people that spoke a different language.
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When dealing with someone from another country you may need to hire an interpreter to insure that both sides understand each other.
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