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: a restatement of a text, passage, or work giving the meaning in another form
The teacher asked the students to write a paraphrase of the poem.
: the use or process of paraphrasing in studying or teaching composition
paraphrase, which aims rather at recapturing the general impression of a foreign work—Times Literary Supplement
: to make a paraphrase
: to make a paraphrase of
Noun This is just a paraphrase of what he said, not an exact quote. your essays on human rights should have some original thought and not be simply a paraphrase of what's in the textbook Verb I'm paraphrasing, but he did say something like that. could you paraphrase your diagnosis of my medical condition, using simpler language?
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NounThis is reputedly a paraphrase of an assertion of Genghis Khan. —Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 28 Apr. 2011 These lyrics do a lot of work, work that transcends paraphrase. —Alexis Soloski, New York Times, 30 Aug. 2022 This is not an unfair paraphrase. —Sean Carroll, Discover Magazine, 5 Apr. 2011 That was a paraphrase by me, but very close. —Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 15 Feb. 2023 Former Texans offensive lineman Wade Smith explained the value of the former players showing up to Lovie Smith’s introductory presser on Sports Radio 610 (extreme paraphrase) as sort of like family that had a disagreement but still desperately wants each other to succeed. —Stephanie Stradley, Chron, 26 July 2022 Gaines-Friedler told USA TODAY that the post was a paraphrase of remarks Whitmer gave at a private fund-raiser held on Zoom. —Anna Staver, USA TODAY, 29 Oct. 2020 This is a perfect paraphrase of the vision that Marcellin Berthelot was promulgating exactly 120 years earlier. —Richard Faulk, Discover Magazine, 4 June 2015 The fact-check flagged a misquotation that should have been rendered as a paraphrase. —Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022
VerbTo paraphrase Ned Stark, Love Is Blind season 5 is coming. —Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 17 Apr. 2023 To paraphrase the classic Coppola saga, in mafia country, women are more dangerous than shotguns. —Peter Debruge, Variety, 12 Apr. 2023 Related: Archibald: Alabama gives 6 minutes to consider life, death and freedom The assessments and scoring are real, though paraphrased. —John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 26 Jan. 2023 On the long trails of my past, booze was self-care, the thing my mind needed, to paraphrase Parr. —Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 30 Dec. 2022 In part, a large portion of society has been excluded from the tremendous increase in wealth generated by the system, leading to greater inequality as the return on capital is greater than the return on labor, to paraphrase French economist Thomas Piketty. —Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 1 June 2022 An article on April 14 about the closure of the last three nuclear power plants in Germany incorrectly paraphrased comments made by a climate policy analyst about the impact of the 2022 drought and heat wave on Europe’s nuclear facilities. —New York Times, 27 Apr. 2023 And so, to paraphrase the political scientist Dan Horowitz, Israel’s founding leaders decided not to decide. —Joshua Leifer, The New York Review of Books, 13 Apr. 2023 This aspect of the novel doesn’t lend itself to paraphrase, but certain details appear to suggest that Kettle’s neighbors are apparitions from the nineteen-sixties—or that Kettle himself has somehow stepped back thirty years into the past. —Giles Harvey, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2023 See More
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