Definition of Interpreting
Interpreting is used — and misused — often in the English language. In the context of the language services industry, here are two official definitions:
“Rendering a spoken or signed message into another spoken or signed language, preserving the register and meaning of the source language content.”
— International Organization for Standardization (ISO) International Standard 13611: Interpreting: Guidelines for Community Interpreting, 2014
“The process of first fully understanding, analyzing, and processing a spoken or signed message and then faithfully rendering it into another spoken or signed language. ”
— ASTM International, F2089, Standard Practice for Language Interpreting, 2015
In other words, interpreting converts the meaning of the source language into the target language.