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 With that prompt, users are given the option to delete the reply, edit it, or send it anyway. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 6 Oct. 2021 Ryan Bartlow keeps the brusque, blunt qualities that another local chef might try to edit out or at least rein in: the heads of garlic, the crates of onions, the showers of olive oil, the parade of organ meats. New York Times, 14 Dec. 2021 The technologies used to edit and rewrite life are already in use, in some unexpected ways. Amy Webb, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 Users are able to edit or remove their pronouns at any time. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, 13 May 2021 Coaches both speak loudly in complimenting his game, then heavily edit their game plans to avoid his presence. Andy Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 At first, anyone could edit the site and previous versions of pages would be lost, but then Wales started to back up the site's history in order to be able to reverse any changes, according to the statement. CNN, 6 Dec. 2021 The department could not determine the number of such reports created on protesters arrested, as they were deleted from a shared drive that was used to create and edit them, the report said. oregonlive, 1 Oct. 2021 Fann has said the Senate plans to take the draft from Cyber Ninjas, edit it, and then release it publicly. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Check out our edit of the best after-Christmas sales of 2021. Erin Parker, Glamour, 25 Dec. 2021 There has been a lot of talk this season about your edit. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2021 That unfortunately didn’t make it into the final edit. Anne Victoria Clark, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2021 For more ways to show a hint of skin this fall, shop our edit of the best off-the-shoulder tops right below. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2021 Thompson: There is a lot of stuff you guys filmed that didn’t make the final edit. Simon Thompson, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 Besides saving and backing up computer data or functioning as a workhorse drive on set or in the edit suite, the drive is ideal for storing downloaded videos, music files or holding a photo library. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 2 Jan. 2022 The pre-launch test isn’t saved on Wikipedia’s edit logs because it was created before the platform recorded all revisions. Anne Quito, Quartz, 16 Dec. 2021 Enjoy 20% off Violet Grey’s beauty edit on products like Dr. Barbara Sturm’s Night Serum to plump and calm skin overnight or Mutha’s rich, all-natural body cream. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2021

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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


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17 Jan 2022

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“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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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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