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paraphrase

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noun para·phrase \ˈper-ə-ˌfrāz,ˈpa-rə-\

Simple Definition of paraphrase

  • : a statement that says something that another person has said or written in a different way

Full Definition of paraphrase

  1. 1 :  a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form

  2. 2 :  the use or process of paraphrasing in studying or teaching composition

Examples of paraphrase

  1. This is just a paraphrase of what he said, not an exact quote.

  2. <your essays on human rights should have some original thought and not be simply a paraphrase of what's in the textbook>



Origin of paraphrase

Middle French, from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to paraphrase, from para- + phrazein to point out


First Known Use: 1548


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paraphrase

verb para·phrase

Simple Definition of paraphrase

  • : to say (something that someone else has said or written) using different words

Full Definition of paraphrase

paraphrasedparaphras·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a paraphrase

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make a paraphrase of

para·phras·able play \ˌper-ə-ˈfrā-zə-bəl, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective
para·phras·er noun

Examples of paraphrase

  1. I'm paraphrasing, but he did say something like that.

  2. <could you paraphrase your diagnosis of my medical condition, using simpler language?>



1596

First Known Use of paraphrase

1596



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