re·​dact | \ ri-ˈdakt How to pronounce redact (audio) \
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

Examples of redact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the stinging opinion of Rabbi Eliezer ben Hyrcanus, a second-century Jewish scholar, as expressed in the Talmud, a 63-volume work of intricate Jewish legal debates, composed from the second to sixth centuries and redacted in Babylonia. Erica Brown, The Atlantic, "Tweeting the Talmud," 3 Jan. 2020 The content of the phone conversation and the name of the judge who was threatened were redacted in the affidavit, but a recording of the conversation was broadcast on YouTube, according to the affidavit. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Frequent Denver protester charged with threatening judge," 31 Dec. 2019 Their Snapchat group went silent after an incident that was redacted in Schulz’s affidavit. Julia Fair,, "'This is someone abusing power.' In Northern Kentucky, a judge finds herself under scrutiny over Snapchat and seduction," 4 Dec. 2019 The co-worker’s name was redacted in the law firm’s investigative report. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "Inver Grove Heights city administrator gets raise; mayor says 2018 suspension factored in," 15 Nov. 2019 The farmer’s name was redacted in the records obtained by ProPublica. Isaac Arnsdorf, ProPublica, "Black Farmers Say a Top Chicken Company Turned Them Away," 8 Nov. 2019 The warden and another person, whose title is redacted in the protocol, are then to leave the chamber and two other members of the team stay in the chamber with the inmate. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "This is how Alabama executes inmates: Court releases details on drugs, process," 17 Oct. 2019 Rodimer told the bartender not to disrespect his girlfriend and then struck him, according to the bartender whose name was redacted in the documents. Michelle L. Price, San Diego Union-Tribune, "APNewsBreak: Wrestler vying for House had 3 assault reports," 4 Oct. 2019 Foss is one of more than a dozen people indicted in the case, although the majority of names are redacted in the federal indictment. Phil Davis,, "Baltimore County man pleads guilty to role in drug ring operated out of home near Camden Yards," 30 Sep. 2019

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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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21 Jan 2020

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“Redact.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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