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Back-formation from editor, influenced by French éditer (edit, publish) and Latin editus.



edit (plural edits)

  1. A change to the text of a document.
  2. (computing) A change in the text of a file, a website or the code of software.

Derived terms



edit (third-person singular simple present edits, present participle editing, simple past and past participle edited)

  1. To change a text, or a document.
  2. (transitive) To be the editor of a publication.
    He edits the Bee.
    • 1912, L. Frank Baum, Aunt Jane's Nieces on Vacation Chapter 3
      "How?" responded Patsy; "why, it's easy enough, Uncle. We'll buy a press, hire a printer, and Beth and Louise will help me edit the paper. I'm sure I can exhibit literary talents of a high order, once they are encouraged to sprout. Louise writes lovely poetry and 'stories of human interest,' and Beth—"
  3. (computing) To change the contents of a file, website, programme etc.
    Wikipedia is an interactive encyclopedia which allows anybody to edit and improve articles.
  4. (biology) To alter the DNA sequence of a chromosome; to perform gene splicing.
    • 2015 April 26, Beth Shapiro, “Could we 'de-extinctify' the woolly mammoth”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Today, the technology to edit genomes is limited in the number of changes that can be made at once, which is probably one reason why the Harvard team focused on only 14 genes.
  5. To alter a film by cutting and splicing frames.
    • 2014 December 17, Mekado Murphy, “Below the Line: Editing ‘Boyhood’”, in New York Times[2]:
      When the director approached Ms. Adair about his idea for “Boyhood,” shooting footage each of those 12 years, she immediately agreed to take part. The decision was made to edit the film progressively, cutting the scenes from each year after they were completed.


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Etymology 1

Form of the verb edō (I eat).



  1. third-person singular present active indicative of edō
  2. third-person singular present active subjunctive of edō


  1. third-person singular perfect active indicative of edō

Etymology 2

Form of the verb ēdō (I dispatch).



  1. third-person singular present active indicative of ēdō