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 edit (audio) \ adjective

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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 So the newspaper has to review and edit it, if necessary. Arkansas Online, "Going too far," 17 Jan. 2021 The solution here is to edit out all the unnecessary information. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Saving face in cases of mistaken identity," 3 Dec. 2020 This stringent requirement limits the locations where researchers can edit genes, says Vilnius University biochemist Virginijus Šikšnys, the study's lead author. Niko Mccarty, Scientific American, "Newly Studied Proteins Expand CRISPR's Editing Range," 26 Jan. 2021 So Singh ditched her Masters, saved $600 for a camera, and learned how to edit and write scripts from online tutorials. Leena Tailor, Glamour, "Lilly Singh, a Year After A Little Late," 11 Nov. 2020 The Nobel Prize in Chemistry was jointly awarded on Wednesday to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna for their 2012 work on Crispr-Cas9, a method to edit DNA. Elian Peltier, New York Times, "Nobel Prize in Chemistry Awarded to 2 Scientists for Work on Genome Editing," 7 Oct. 2020 Trying to orchestrate too many interactions at once can be very draining on you, so attempt to edit down your to-do list. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, "Daily horoscope for December 28, 2020," 28 Dec. 2020 My idea was to edit a sort of magazine, like a special issue of some crazy fanzine, conveying MSGM’s identity in a very direct, honest, unpretentious way. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Inside MSGM 10!—Designer Massimo Giorgetti Gives Us A Sneak Peek at His New Book," 3 Dec. 2020 But his absence forced Hill to edit his play-call sheet. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "ASU's lack of passing game vs. Southern California should be alarming," 8 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When the hard drive with all the full-resolution files lands in the editing bay, they can be swapped into the edit with the click of a button. Brent Rose, Wired, "The Hollywood Tech Tricks Getting Film Crews Back on Set," 11 Feb. 2021 The edit spent 23 weeks at No. 1 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs in 2020 and earned Imanbek a 2021 Grammy nomination for best remixed recording. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Imanbek & Rita Ora Announce Collaborative EP & 'Big' Lead Track Featuring David Guetta & Gunna," 4 Feb. 2021 The first-ever edit to Wikipedia took place on January 15, 2001. Stephen Harrison, Wired, "Wikipedia Is Basically a Massive RPG," 15 Jan. 2021 The release also features a host of remixes, along with an extended edit from the frequent collaborators. Katie Bain, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From LP Giobbi, Black Coffee & Diplo, Illenium & More," 15 Jan. 2021 Davis also shared another meme that caught her eye, an edit of the music video that showed her How to Get Away with Murder character, Annalise Keating, dancing in one of the mansion doors that Cardi and Megan open in the video. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Christina Aguilera Shouts Out 'WAP' Music Video as She Wears Skin-Tight White Dress in Her Pool," 12 Aug. 2020 With your face in the Zoom box, there is no room to have a false moment, and because the show is streaming live, nothing can be hidden in an edit. Jessica Gelt, Los Angeles Times, "After summer’s racial reckoning, a Groundlings member checks in," 22 Dec. 2020 For the sake of time and moving the story, there’s really not much of the edit paid to the injuries and all that. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "What you need to know about ‘We’re Not Going Home,’ the new Stars documentary about their Stanley Cup Final run," 12 Nov. 2020 The singer and songwriter from girl group Little Mix partnered with ASOS to curate an edit of her favorite pieces from the brand. Nandi Howard, Essence, "ASOS Launches Design Style Edit With Leigh-Anne Pinnock," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of edit


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

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22 Feb 2021

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“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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