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paraphrase

noun para·phrase \ ˈper-ə-ˌfrāz , ˈpa-rə- \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of paraphrase

1 :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.
2 :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

Examples of paraphrase in a Sentence

  1. This is just a paraphrase of what he said, not an exact quote.

  2. your essays on human rights should have some original thought and not be simply a paraphrase of what's in the textbook

Recent Examples of paraphrase from the Web

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Did You Know?

When we paraphrase, we provide a version that can exist beside the original (rather than replace it). We paraphrase all the time. When you tell a friend what someone else has said, you're almost always paraphrasing, since you're not repeating the exact words. If you go to hear a talk, you might paraphrase the speaker's main points afterward for your friends. And when writing a paper on a short story, you might start off your essay with a paraphrase of the plot. Paraphrasing is especially useful when dealing with poetry, since poetic language is often difficult and poems may have meanings that are hard to pin down.

Origin and Etymology of paraphrase

Middle French, from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to paraphrase, from para- + phrazein to point out


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paraphrase

verb

Definition of paraphrase

paraphrased; paraphrasing
intransitive verb
:to make a paraphrase
transitive verb
:to make a paraphrase of

paraphrasable

play \ˌper-ə-ˈfrā-zə-bəl, ˌpa-rə-\ adjective

paraphraser

noun

Examples of paraphrase in a Sentence

  1. I'm paraphrasing, but he did say something like that.

  2. could you paraphrase your diagnosis of my medical condition, using simpler language?

Recent Examples of paraphrase from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of paraphrase

paraphrase Synonyms


PARAPHRASE Defined for English Language Learners

paraphrase

noun

Definition of paraphrase for English Language Learners

  • : a statement that says something that another person has said or written in a different way


paraphrase

verb

Definition of paraphrase for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something that someone else has said or written) using different words


PARAPHRASE Defined for Kids

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paraphrase

verb para·phrase \ ˈper-ə-ˌfrāz \

Definition of paraphrase for Students

paraphrased; paraphrasing
:to give the meaning of in different words

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paraphrase

noun

Definition of paraphrase for Students

:a way of stating something again by giving the meaning in different words


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