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ed·​it ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio)
edited; editing; edits

transitive verb

: to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation
edit a manuscript
: to assemble (something, such as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging
edit a film
: 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
: to direct the publication of
edits the daily newspaper
: delete
usually used with out
: 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
editable adjective


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: an instance or result of editing

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Your question may be edited for accuracy and clarity. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2023 The following has been edited for length and clarity. Matt Brennan, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2023 So, here are some of the responses, edited, as usual, for grammar and length. Lizzy- Children playing at their home in the front yard making noise is normal. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2023 They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications. Holly Jones, Variety, 12 Sep. 2023 Editor’s picks This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Miles Klee, Rolling Stone, 11 Sep. 2023 This interview has been edited for length and Clarity. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 11 Sep. 2023 Letters may be edited for length and clarity, and may be published in any medium. The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 Here are some of the highlights, slightly edited for clarity. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023
Naturally, Hollywood also came calling: before Harris had even handed in final edits on the manuscript, an adaptation was in the works at Hulu. Meredith Blake, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023 Shop our edits of the best early Prime Day deals, including discounts on clothing and perfume. Jake Smith, Glamour, 6 Sep. 2023 Though they got engaged on the season finale — and remained together throughout reunion taping — a bombshell edit at the end of the final episode informed viewers that Rae and Lexi had called off their nuptials. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 6 Sep. 2023 The director spent four years on his assemble and edit. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 27 Aug. 2023 Previously, Snyder has created director’s or extended versions of 2017’s Justice League, 2016’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2004’s Dawn of the Dead, 2011’s Sucker Punch (Snyder plans yet another Sucker Punch edit to come) and 2009’s Watchmen. James Hibberd, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Aug. 2023 In other words, any unauthorized edits are going to stand out. David Nield, WIRED, 20 Aug. 2023 And with features like Change History Management, users can effortlessly track edits, making collaboration a breeze. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 2 Sep. 2023 Although Beyoncé has made minor edits to her show, the set list has mostly been the same. Ada Tseng, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



back-formation from editor

First Known Use


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of edit was in 1704

Dictionary Entries Near edit

Cite this Entry

“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: to correct, revise, and prepare for publication
edit a book of poems
: to assemble (as a film or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging
: to direct the publication of
edit a daily newspaper

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