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 The students will spend the rest of the year rewriting, editing and working with a professional illustrator to get the books ready for publication by Chapter 510. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, "Oakland students’ tales of witches and bullies inspired by writing program," 30 Nov. 2019 And the Portrait Gallery's Kate Clarke Lemay edited Votes for Women: A Portrait of Resistance. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2019," 28 Nov. 2019 In bold and italics are emails, or portions of emails, from readers edited only for clarity or brevity. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: My turnips hot-take, Alterique Gilbert’s struggles, Dan Hurley’s response and more from my email inbox," 28 Nov. 2019 Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium. Steve Coll, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 26 Nov. 2019 To edit and restabilize the memory, researchers have found that one type of receptor protein, called the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor, is especially important. Kelly Servick, Science | AAAS, "Ketamine disrupts memories to help heavy drinkers cut back," 26 Nov. 2019 Sarah Anderson directs the Global Economy Project at the Institute for Policy Studies and co-edits the IPS publication Inequality.org. Sarah Anderson For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Some CEOs earn 1,000 times more than their workers. Here's how to stop that," 26 Nov. 2019 This interview was conducted in both Korean and English, and edited for clarity. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Golden Child Talk 'Re-Boot'ing Career A Year Since Last Release," 21 Nov. 2019 Related: The Magaden Islands and 24 more top trips for 2020 This newsletter has been edited and curated by David Beard. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "How can cute things be so destructive?," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun WikiScanner essentially could determine the business, institutions or government agencies that owned the computers from which some edits were made. Washington Post, "US says cryptocurrency expert violated NKorea sanctions," 29 Nov. 2019 The airline didn't edit or asked for any edits to the films, said Delta spokesman Adrian Gee. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Delta is bringing back same-sex love scenes in 'Booksmart' and 'Rocketman' to its flights," 2 Nov. 2019 The Cotton Club Encore, Francis Ford Coppola’s re-edit of his 1984 period movie musical and gangster film, debuted at the New York Film Festival. Armond White, National Review, "Coppola’s Cotton Club Encore Remakes American Entertainment," 23 Oct. 2019 Liu, his postdoc Andrew Anzalone, and co-workers tested variations of their prime editors on several human and mouse cells, performing more than 175 different edits. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "New ‘prime’ genome editor could surpass CRISPR," 21 Oct. 2019 The same study found that more edits have been made from the Netherlands than all of Africa combined. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "Don't Ask Wikipedia to Cure the Internet," 16 Mar. 2018 Ginsburg revised her thoughts in edits made this year, according to the book, which was written by National Constitution Center President Jeffrey Rosen and released Tuesday. NBC News, "RBG hopes #MeToo non-disclosure agreements 'will not be enforced by the courts'," 7 Nov. 2019 Timken said the Glastonbury Community Health Assessment is complete, pending final edits and will soon be on the town website and in print at the library. Steve Smith, courant.com, "Glastonbury To Hold Community Health Discussions, Seeking Public Input," 4 Nov. 2019 Efficiency rates varied, but Liu says that for the most part, prime editing proved as efficient, if not more, at making small edits than the more traditional approach of creating and then patching double-strand break. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise," 22 Oct. 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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3 Dec 2019

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“Edit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/editing. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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