Definition of edit
1a : to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation edit a manuscriptb : to assemble (something, such as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging edit a filmc : 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
editableplay \ˈe-də-tə-bəl\ adjective
Examples of edit in a Sentence
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
Origin and Etymology of edit
back-formation from editor
First Known Use: 1791See Words from the same year
Definition of edit
: an instance or result of editing
First Known Use of edit
EDIT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of edit for English Language Learners
: 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)
EDIT Defined for Kids
Definition of edit for Students
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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