ed·​it | \ ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio) \
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

Other Words from edit


editable \ ˈe-​də-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce edit (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for edit

Synonyms: Verb

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Allowing users to edit tweets and authenticating their identities could conceivably improve Twitter. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 26 Apr. 2022 Musk’s opinions on what Twitter should do, like building a tool for people to edit their tweets, aren’t necessarily bad ideas, the developer added. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 16 Apr. 2022 To write is to edit, and any account represents a slender facet of the staggering, unwieldy whole. New York Times, 12 Nov. 2021 Forsblom’s way was to edit for less stuff that would still deliver a robust decorative authority. Wendy Goodman, Curbed, 21 June 2021 Newman and Stevens make the good point that single-gene diseases may not be that simple to edit predictably. Natalie De Souza, The New York Review of Books, 10 June 2021 At Frontier Magazine, his primary role was to edit the English-language part of the magazine, which also had a Burmese-language part. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 7 June 2021 Defeated, some suggested the creative team edit the entire series from its quick-bite form into a feature film. Matt Donnelly, Variety, 7 Apr. 2022 Two days isn’t exactly enough time to film and edit new scenes for the show or anything. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun No more: Etam lingerie is finally shoppable in the United States, including an exclusive online and in-store edit for Nordstrom. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 18 Apr. 2022 Even before Kendall Jenner became creative director, FWRD carried an edit fit for a model’s wardrobe. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Apr. 2022 There’s also a 50-seat theater, a 15-seat 7.1 mixing stage, a color correction suite, and multiple 4K edit bays. Nick Clement, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Users would also be able to see and track the edit history of a tweet, Wong said, which would further prevent misuse. NBC News, 26 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, other alterations suggested by Mr. Musk would likely have a more direct impact on Twitter users, including allowing for longer tweets, creating an edit feature for tweets and trying to stop spam and scam bots. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 Dumbledore's dialogue also isn't in every edit of Fantastic Beasts. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 16 Apr. 2022 Releasing an initial edit of ten designers which align with the company’s core values, Haines is keen to expand the selection, acting as a hub for creatives working with responsible mindsets. Roddy Clarke, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 The announcement of the edit feature comes just days after billionaire Elon Musk purchased a 9.2% stake in the tech giant. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'edit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of edit


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edit


back-formation from editor

Learn More About edit

Dictionary Entries Near edit



Edith Cavell, Mount

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for edit

Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for edit


ed·​it | \ ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio) \
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

More from Merriam-Webster on edit

Nglish: Translation of edit for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of edit for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Great Words for Scrabble

  • scrabble tiles that read scrabble quiz
  • Which of the following Q-without-U words means the number five in cards or dice?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!