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rewrite

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verb re·write \(ˌ)rē-ˈrīt\

Simple Definition of rewrite

  • : to write (something) again especially in a different way in order to improve it or to include new information

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of rewrite

rewrote

play \-ˈrōt\

rewritten

play \-ˈri-tən\

rewriting

play \-ˈrī-tiŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to write in reply

  3. 2 :  to make a revision of (as a story) :  cause to be revised: as a :  to put (contributed material) into form for publication b :  to alter (previously published material) for use in another publication

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to revise something previously written

rewriter

noun

Examples of rewrite in a sentence

  1. The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay.

  2. I had to rewrite the computer program.



1567

First Known Use of rewrite

1567

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rewrite

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noun re·write \ˈrē-ˌrīt\

Definition of rewrite

  1. 1 :  a piece of writing (as a news story) constructed by rewriting

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of rewriting



1914

First Known Use of rewrite

1914



REWRITE Defined for Kids

rewrite

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verb re·write \ˌrē-ˈrīt\

Definition of rewrite for Students

rewrote

\-ˈrōt\

rewritten

\-ˈri-tən\

rewriting

\-ˈrī-tiŋ\
  1. :  to write over again especially in a different way <Rewrite this confusing sentence.>




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