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

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 Jordan Pavlin, senior vice president and editorial director at Knopf, will edit. Dorany Pineda, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. poet who works to amplify Black voices just sold her own memoir, ‘Butch,’ to Knopf," 17 Nov. 2020 Jeff Harding, who is a MHS faculty member and works alongside Meier on the theater’s productions, along with Sara Gunther, a technical adviser for several of MHS Theater’s shows, helped film and edit the scenes. James T. Norman, chicagotribune.com, "Mundelein High School livestreams one-act plays over weekend," 21 Dec. 2020 In 1950, the Party transferred him to Rome, to edit a children’s weekly. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Italian Genius Who Mixed Marxism and Children’s Literature," 7 Dec. 2020 My job was to edit and produce the shopping section of the magazine, and the section always opened with a model. Samira Nasr, Harper's BAZAAR, "What Does It Mean To Be The First?," 20 Oct. 2020 Yet there are inherent problems with the simple principle that anyone can edit. The New Yorker, "The Mail," 7 Dec. 2020 Others products include Gallery Go, which lets users search and edit their photos, and Assistant Go, which lets people ask Google questions by voice or text. Katie Deighton, WSJ, "Google Rethinks App Design for Internet Novices," 21 Oct. 2020 Since movies take a little bit longer to film, edit, and come out, fans might have to wait more than normal for the sequel to come out. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About "Hubie Halloween 2"," 9 Oct. 2020 Also departing was the scientist Caputo had hired to challenge and edit MMWR reports and CDC statements that might contradict White House positions. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "When Politics Distorts Science," 17 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 An opinionated man who was fiercely protective of his work, Mr. Anson was not an easy edit. New York Times, "Robert Sam Anson, ‘Bare-Knuckled’ Magazine Writer, Dies at 75," 6 Nov. 2020 The one emotionally and dramatically significant re-edit is to the movie’s very ending—we’ll get to that. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Newly Re-Edited, “The Godfather: Part III” Is the Masterpiece It Already Was," 9 Dec. 2020 To see if your favorite apps have available widgets, long hold on one of the app icons on your home screen to initiate the edit home page function. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "How to Customize Your iPhone Home Screen and Make It Totally Unique," 2 Dec. 2020 Check out our edit of the best Black Friday deals still available. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "21 Sephora Black Friday Deals to Score Before Cyber Monday," 28 Nov. 2020 The premiere, which took two years to film and has been in edit since March, was originally scheduled to be featured on Dec. 7 at the Delray Movies on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and Hagen Ranch Road. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Atlantic High Eagles hope to soar deep into post-season football," 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

History and Etymology for edit


back-formation from editor

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Last Updated

20 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce edit (audio)

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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