edit

verb
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

edit

noun

Definition of edit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance or result of editing

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Other Words from edit

Verb

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

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Our Slack conversation, condensed and lightly edited for clarity, is below. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "What it's like on the ground in Puerto Rico," 2 June 2018 The interview that follows has been condensed and edited for length and clarity. Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Forgotten Girls Who Led the School-Desegregation Movement," 30 May 2018 USA Today reports that, as of April 2, an edited and updated trademark application, with commas in place, has been approved by USPTO. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Olivia Jade's Beauty Brand Trademark Has Been Approved, Grammar Be Damned," 9 Apr. 2019 Back in the day, people got their news from the newspaper, which was edited by professional editors and reported and written by professional reporters. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is Fake News and How Can I Spot It?," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Instead, the board approved the standards with the edits provided by the science teachers' organization. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Arizona superintendent fails in last attempt to limit evolution teaching," 23 Oct. 2018 Now, 40 years later, those differences have been settled and the film has finally been completed, with the edit based off of an early cut and notes by Welles. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: The Predator, True Detective, and more," 1 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of edit

Verb

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edit

Verb

back-formation from editor

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edit

verb

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)

edit

verb
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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