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To convert computer information from one language to another, or to convert characters from one representation set to another, and by extension, the computer instruction which directs the latter conversion to be carried out.
translate(1) To change one language into another; for example, assemblers, compilers and interpreters translate source language into machine language.
(2) In computer graphics, to move an image on screen without rotating it.
(3) In telecommunications, to change the frequencies of a band of signals.