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edit

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verb ed·it \ ˈe-dət \

Definition of edit

transitive verb
1 a :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

editable

play \ˈe-də-tə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of edit in a Sentence

  1. This chapter needs to be edited.

  2. The book was poorly edited.

  3. The stories have been edited for a younger audience.

  4. Students learn to edit their essays for grammar and punctuation.

  5. The software allows you to edit videos on your computer.

  6. This film has been edited for television.

  7. an anthology of ancient poetry edited by a local professor

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Origin and Etymology of edit

back-formation from editor


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edit

noun

Definition of edit

:an instance or result of editing

Recent Examples of edit from the Web

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First Known Use of edit

1955



EDIT Defined for English Language Learners

edit

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verb

Definition of edit for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


EDIT Defined for Kids

edit

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verb ed·it \ ˈe-dət \

Definition of edit for Students

edited; editing
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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