paraphrase


1para·phrase

noun \ˈper-ə-ˌfrāz,ˈpa-rə-\

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

Full Definition of PARAPHRASE

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

2paraphrase

verb

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

paraphrasedparaphras·ing

Full Definition of PARAPHRASE

intransitive verb
:  to make a paraphrase
transitive verb
:  to make a paraphrase of
para·phras·able \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?>

First Known Use of PARAPHRASE

1596

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