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 Candace Cima, 74, taught herself to shoot and edit video for Instagram by watching YouTube tutorials. Leanne Italie, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Sep. 2021 After being introduced by the editor of The Stinging Fly, a prestigious Dublin literary magazine Rooney would edit for two issues in 2018, the pair would meet for coffee and exchange work. Olivia Mark, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2021 The Huntsville curators research, write and edit the label copy, text explaining each piece in an exhibit. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 5 Aug. 2021 The hosts had sole control as to which questions would be asked publicly and could edit the questions before reciting them publicly. baltimoresun.com, 4 Aug. 2021 The producers are going to air and edit the footage to tell the best story for the viewers. EW.com, 3 Aug. 2021 Residents can now use 52 kiosks to renew a license, request a replacement license or ID card, schedule a road test, pay a reinstatement fee, change an address and edit donor registry information, the Bismarck Tribune reported. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 27 July 2021 First, create a free account on CitySpark to submit and edit events. Mary Lou Cruz, sun-sentinel.com, 16 July 2021 This often requires you to go back in and edit old articles to add new links as they’re made available. Yec, Forbes, 29 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perhaps that edit is just a matter of time, especially for lower-level jobs where robots just can’t say no? Chris Westfall, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 In the new edit, the entire 30-minute discussion is removed. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Many of the hardest decisions about how much of people’s faces to show and what parts of their stories to reveal came in the edit, Ngo said. Will Thorne, Variety, 24 Aug. 2021 No Sudden Move, HBO Max’s Doom Patrol, as well as on any film-aesthetic stan account in an edit of The Mummy. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 Even with the edit, there’s a playful irreverence at times. New York Times, 23 Aug. 2021 Either way, this definitely wasn’t a Bachelor edit for our feline friend. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, 26 July 2021 Mytheresa’s website is constantly being updated with a great edit of gowns, shoes, and accessories. Alexis Bennett, Vogue, 6 May 2021 The common thread is lust, and Bleu’s tendency to get into the earthy details makes one feel for the programmer who has to come up with a radio edit for almost any of these tracks. al, 26 July 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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14 Sep 2021

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“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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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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