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re- +‎ write



rewrite (plural rewrites)

  1. The act of writing again or anew.
    The film script underwent a rewrite for the European market.
  2. Something that has been written again.



rewrite (third-person singular simple present rewrites, present participle rewriting, simple past rewrote, past participle rewritten)

  1. (transitive) To write again, differently; to modify (a piece of writing or music, etc.).
    The editor asked me to rewrite my article for a non-technical audience.
    • 2021 January 13, Paul Clifton, “Network News: Timetable cuts as demand falls and staff are protected”, in Rail, page 7:
      If we are going to rewrite all of those diagrams and change the duties of all of those staff, it will take a few weeks.
  2. (transitive) To write out again (without changes).

Usage notes[edit]

  • The verb "restate" has analogous senses "to state again" and "to rephrase, to state again differently".

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