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ed·​it ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio)
edited; editing; edits

transitive verb

: to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation
edit a manuscript
: to assemble (something, such as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging
edit a film
: to alter, adapt, or refine especially to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purpose
carefully edited the speech
edit a data file
: to direct the publication of
edits the daily newspaper
: delete
usually used with out
: to modify a gene or gene product of by inserting, deleting, or replacing DNA sequences
The first work attempting to edit human embryos grabbed headlines last week.Penny Sarchet and Michael Le Page
see gene editing
editable adjective


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: an instance or result of editing

Examples of edit in a Sentence

Verb This chapter needs to be edited. The book was poorly edited. The stories have been edited for a younger audience. Students learn to edit their essays for grammar and punctuation. The software allows you to edit videos on your computer. This film has been edited for television. an anthology of ancient poetry edited by a local professor
Recent Examples on the Web
Her most recent book is When the News Broke: Chicago 1968 and the Polarizing of America. Made by History takes readers beyond the headlines with articles written and edited by professional historians. Heather Hendershot / Made By History, TIME, 27 June 2024 YouTube This Wild Card interview has been edited for length and clarity. Rachel Martin, NPR, 27 June 2024
Skip the line and start scouring the virtual shelves with our edit below, which ranges from summer dresses to designer sunglasses and hair tools. Jake Henry Smith, Glamour, 27 June 2024 Through these conversations, audiences and filmmakers made connections that amplified their appreciation for all the things that documentary and feature work share, from building trust with the folks who appear on camera and honing performance to how stories evolve and change in the edit. Sarah Shachat, IndieWire, 26 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for edit 

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Word History



back-formation from editor

First Known Use


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of edit was in 1704

Dictionary Entries Near edit

Cite this Entry

“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: to correct, revise, and prepare for publication
edit a book of poems
: to assemble (as a film or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging
: to direct the publication of
edit a daily newspaper

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