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

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Other Words from edit


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

Synonyms for edit

Synonyms: Verb

redraft, revamp, revise, rework

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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

Annie White has been writing and editing for Car and Driver since 2016. Annie White, Car and Driver, "Annie White," 14 May 2019 Emanuelle Sippy, the 15-year-old co-director of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, was among the students who helped edit and promote the survey. Rainesford Stauffer, Teen Vogue, "This Teen Is Trying to Stop Sexual Harassment in Schools After Conducting a Nationwide Survey," 8 May 2019 In fact, Amy and her son Jacob have acknowledged in the past that the way the show is edited can sometimes show the family in an unpleasant life. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Matt Roloff Defends Amy After 'Little People, Big World' Fans Attack Her," 29 Apr. 2019 Note: Some of the answers have been edited and condensed for length. Taylor Seely, USA TODAY, "Adam and Danielle Busby from TLC's 'Outdaughtered' share parenting tips, talk Season 3," 6 July 2018 Interviews have been condensed and edited for clarity. Marie Claire, "A Massachusetts Couple With Independent Finances and a "Lucy and Desi" Approach," 18 Apr. 2019 Responses have been condensed and edited for clarity. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "50 Years After Winning Olympic Gold, Madeline Manning Mims Reflects on Her History-Making Moment," 16 Oct. 2018 These accounts have been condensed and edited for clarity, and to protect the identities of those involved. Josephine Sedgwick, New York Times, "‘I Couldn’t Tell Anyone’: Women Around the World Reveal Intimate Stories of Abortion," 9 July 2018 What follows is a transcript of our conversation, condensed and lightly edited. Dan Frommer, Recode, "Afternoon tea with Sir James Dyson," 16 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The format is based on a popular defunct account that did the same for edits made from the U.S. Capitol. ... Mike Bird, WSJ, "What Do Bankers Do Online? Edit Wikipedia," 8 May 2019 However, Miley took it to a whole other level with a fun little fan edit. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "7 Times Miley Cyrus Has Reminisced About Her Disney Channel Days," 25 Mar. 2019 Some of them may be copy edits, small, factual errors. NBC News, "Meet the Press -January 7, 2018," 7 Jan. 2018 In the wake of that ruling, game publishers have had to make significant edits to numerous games for release in Germany, sometimes to a ridiculous degree. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Germany says games with Nazi symbols can get “artistic” exception to ban," 10 Aug. 2018 But the Congress made heavy edits to the document later. Joshua Eaton, Teen Vogue, "Independence Day and Fourth of July Holiday: What It Means and Why We Celebrate," 2 July 2018 Within the desktop software users can play, share, and even trim down videos for minor edits. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "AMD ReLive review: A stylish video capture tool for Radeon graphics cards," 31 Jan. 2019 Soon my novel went to copy edits, the cover design was finalized. Tara Conklin, Vogue, "After Divorce, Floating Another Chance at Love," 6 Feb. 2019 Perhaps the most crucial part of a producer's setup, the DAW is an electronic device or application software designed to compose, record, edit, and mix audio. Popular Mechanics, "Learn How to Produce Pro-Level Music for Under $30," 31 Jan. 2019

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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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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 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

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