re·​dact | \ri-ˈdakt \
redacted; redacting; redacts

Definition of redact 

transitive verb

1 : to put in writing : frame

2 : to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive information) for publication or release broadly : edit

3 : to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release

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What’s revealed in the applications won’t be known for several days, after the MTA reviews the documents and redacts information that shouldn’t be publicly released. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Scooter sweepstakes: Lyft, Uber among a dozen companies seeking city permits," 7 June 2018 An event report describing the call is redacted, but notes the man who broke in wore a mask and was dressed all in black, and had beaten a woman in the head and locked her in the bathroom. Will Hobson,, "Police reports detail three prior calls to LeSean McCoy's residence in Atlanta suburbs," 12 July 2018 The information was subsequently redacted from court records after a patient countersued Dr. Helfmann and his partners, the psychology group and the practice’s debt collection lawyers. Charles Ornstein, New York Times, "New Jersey to Suspend Prominent Psychologist for Failing to Protect Patient Privacy," 29 June 2018 Names of unindicted individuals are typically redacted in legal filings for privacy purposes but generally, they are not classified. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Senate Ex-Staffer Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Lying to FBI in Leaks Probe," 13 June 2018 Milton police have not publicly identified Cordon as the victim in the attack and robbery that took place at the Alpharetta, Ga., home early Tuesday morning, and redacted her name from the audio released Thursday night. Rob Tornoe,, "Ex-girlfriend blames LeSean McCoy in 911 tape: 'My face is demolished'," 13 July 2018 The plaintiffs’ papers appeared to offer other examples of grudging or derogatory descriptions of Asian applications, but they had been redacted. Anemona Hartocollis, New York Times, "Harvard Rated Asian-American Applicants Lower on Personality Traits, Suit Says," 15 June 2018 Complaints filed to the EEOC were made available to the Orlando Sentinel by lawyers working with the women but were redacted to remove names and the address of the restaurant. Kyle Arnold,, "Sanford McDonald's worker joins in sexual harassment claims," 22 May 2018 That is not accurate, sir.’’ Jordan accused him of redacting documents to hide information embarrassing to the FBI. ‘‘Mr. Washington Post,, "Republicans berate deputy attorney general, demand that he end Russia probe," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of redact

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redact

Middle English, from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere

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