ed·it | \ ˈe-dət \
edited; editing; edits

Definition of edit 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation edit a manuscript

b : to assemble (something, such as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging edit a film

c : 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

2 : to direct the publication of edits the daily newspaper

3 : delete usually used with out

4 : 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



Definition of edit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance or result of editing

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Other words from edit


editable \ˈe-də-tə-bəl \ adjective

Examples of edit in a Sentence


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Political Punch newsletter publishes every Tuesday and Thursday between noon and 3 p.m. It is produced by the staff of the San Francisco Chronicle and edited by politics editor Trapper Byrne. Joe Garofoli, SFChronicle.com, "This West Coast governor is gaining 2020 presidential attention," 10 July 2018 The pop star, who died on June 25, 2009, released a shocking tell-all in 1988, which was edited by former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis, according to The New York Daily News. Fox News, "Joe Jackson, patriarch of the Jackson family music group, dead at 89," 27 June 2018 The book, edited by Venter, features 255 of those letters. Matt Campbell, kansascity, "Mandela's granddaughter to visit Kansas City on tour to promote book about him," 26 June 2018 After a video introduction (edited by Miguel Garcia), Jose Greco II appears onstage in a tight spotlight. Lauren Warnecke, chicagotribune.com, "Ensemble Espanol pushing Spanish dance into the 21st century," 16 June 2018 It is edited by Tim O’Rourke, The Chronicle’s assistant managing editor and executive producer of SFChronicle.com. Bill Van Niekerken, San Francisco Chronicle, "When the Bay Area had World Cup fever in 1994," 13 June 2018 Photo: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News Over the Memorial Day weekend, Mr. Lighthizer attended a dinner with Mr. Trump, while a drafting team readied a statement on tariffs and other sanctions, edited by the president, say administration officials. Lingling Wei, WSJ, "‘Get Moving’: How Trump Ratcheted Up the Trade Battle With China," 7 June 2018 Below is an excerpt of their conversation, edited by Outside. Tim Ferriss, Outside Online, "Why You Should Train Like a Gymnast," 4 June 2018 He’s across town at Pensacola State for a screening of the documentary Reef Assassin, produced by Mark Kwapis and edited by Maribeth Abrams. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy trolled teammate Raheem Sterling after City were confirmed as Premier League champions, with the 23-year-old making some minor edits to a celebratory picture released by the club. SI.com, "Benjamin Mendy Trolls Manchester City Teammate on Twitter Following Premier League Triumph," 16 Apr. 2018 But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agency, which once sought to publicize the dangerous impact of heat on outdoor workers' health, did so before his inauguration — and before Trump's team was in place to call for the edits. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Interior lacks permanent leaders for key agencies controlling roughly 500 million acres of public land," 3 July 2018 Watching the season after footage was processed in an edit bay was also filled with unexpected experiences for Bekah. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Bekah Martinez on "The Bachelor," Social Media Bullying, and Hair Secrets," 27 June 2018 Kardashian first tried to get the social media giant to add an edit function back in 2015. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Kim Kardashian Makes Typos Too. So She's Asking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for an 'Edit' Button," 13 June 2018 Producers will pitch stories, book guests, script and edit segments/episodes, and will work collaboratively with other members of the podcast production team. The Economist, "Job listing: Audio producer," 19 Apr. 2018 Railfans also like to leave their signature in the edit history of popular pages. Stephen Harrison, New York Times, "If You See Something, Write Something," 28 Mar. 2018 As the name suggests, Microsoft designed the Surface Go for people in motion: the sales exec who makes a quick edit or two to a presentation while at her daughter’s soccer practice, for example. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's $399, 10-inch Surface Go rethinks the Windows tablet for consumers," 9 July 2018 Hurry up and scroll down to find out edit of the best midi-ish dresses currently on the market. Shilpa Prabhakar Nadella, Glamour, "I Wear One Type of Summer Dress, and This Is It," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of edit


1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edit


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Phrases Related to edit

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English Language Learners Definition of edit

: to prepare (something written) to be published or used : to make changes, correct mistakes, etc., in (something written)

: to prepare (a film, recording, photo, etc.) to be seen or heard : to change, move, or remove parts of (a film, recording, photo, etc.)

: to be in charge of the publication of (something)


ed·it | \ ˈe-dət \
edited; editing

Kids Definition of edit

1 : to correct, revise, and get ready for publication : collect and arrange material to be printed I'm editing a book of poems.

2 : to be in charge of the publication of something (as an encyclopedia or a newspaper) that is the work of many writers

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