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

Synonyms for edit

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Below are edited excerpts from Quartz’s conversation with Tewari. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "InMobi’s newly-created lockscreen technology business just raised $45 million," 10 Sep. 2019 The following is edited excerpts from both conversations. Los Angeles Times, "‘The Babadook’ director Jennifer Kent tackles violence, misogyny and racism in ‘The Nightingale’," 12 Aug. 2019 Clarification: This story has been updated, and the headline has been changed to make clear the phones were removed before each photo, not edited out later. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "Photographer removes our smartphones to show our strange and lonely new world," 28 Aug. 2019 The email interview has been lightly edited for clarity and length. oregonlive, "Larry Hurwitz, the ‘Starry Night Murder,’ and a life of crime: Reporter Jim Redden on his years tracking a killer," 17 Sep. 2019 The conversation that follows has been edited for length and clarity. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, "The Price of Ascending America’s Class Ladder," 16 Sep. 2019 This interview has been edited for clarity and concision. Vogue, "Sculptor Mia Fonssagrives Solow Talks About Art, Fashion, Family, and Fembots," 16 Sep. 2019 The interviews conducted have been edited for length and clarity. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," 13 Sep. 2019 Listen to the Beyond the Baseline podcast here and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or on Stitcher.​​​​ The following transcript has been edited for clarity. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "Nadal, Andreescu and the Rest of the 2019 U.S. Open | Beyond the Baseline Podcast," 9 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Modern gene editing tools now allow us to make very specific edits and create engineered cell products without any tissue type tags. Tobias Deuse, The Conversation, "Stem cells could regenerate organs – but only if the body won’t reject them," 19 Aug. 2019 In a next-level simulation of the running Harden-Westbrook ball-hogging memes, this NBA 2K edit depicts what would happen when both players see a buzzer-beater opportunity against the Warriors. Alaa Abdeldaiem, SI.com, "James Harden and Russell Westbrook Fight Over Last Shot in Hilarious NBA 2K Edit," 28 July 2019 This edit means the 1.5 billion users who don't live in the EU won't be subject to GDPR protections. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Zuckerberg Ducks Pointed Questions From the EU Parliament," 22 May 2018 Rodriguez sees Kanye’s VMAs incident as a precursor to his livestreamed album releases and post-release edits, both acts of transparency. Patrick Lyons, Billboard, "How Kanye, Taylor and the 2009 VMAs Changed Music and Culture Reporting," 13 Sep. 2019 College football recruiting often takes a heavy-handed approach - flashy edits, recruiting weekends filled with bluechip prospects and attention-grabbing in-home visits. oregonlive, "Keith Brown, Noah Sewell, elite linebacker prospects, bond during Oregon Ducks visit," 9 Sep. 2019 Kardashian, 40, opted to post the photo from her Italian vacation without any Photoshop or edits, which drew praise from fans who commended her for embracing her flaws. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Kourtney Kardashian applauded for not editing out her stretch marks in a swimsuit picture," 14 Aug. 2019 For this edit, Hannibal completely deconstructed Flume's original, opting instead to made his own track on which to place the London Grammar vocal. Katie Bain, Billboard, "What Does a Flume Disco Remix Sound Like? Robin Hannibal's 'Let You Know' Edit Has the Answer: Exclusive," 12 Sep. 2019 Thompson has the Twitter edit from Roger Bacon assistant AD Brandon Spaeth featuring him holding a badger. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Greater Cincinnati high school football athletes make recruiting visits, get offers," 20 Aug. 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


back-formation from editor

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5 Nov 2019

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The first known use of edit was in 1791

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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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