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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In addition, the Wednesday release by a British lawmaker also confirms what Ars previously discovered via a failure to adequately redact public court filings from last year: Facebook once considered charging for access to user data. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Facebook also let dating apps have further access to Graph API back in 2015," 5 Dec. 2018 But on Monday, Norton modified her decision, saying that the state could redact any information that would identify the source of the lethal drugs for now. Rebecca Boone, The Seattle Times, "Idaho judge: Lethal injection drug source is secret for now," 17 Sep. 2018 Grassley hopes to make those transcripts public soon, after completing the process of redacting any classified information. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Russia investigation: What's next for congressional probes?," 8 Apr. 2018 The presiding judge also has yet to rule on a motion by the Broward County School Board to hold the South Florida Sun Sentinel in contempt for publishing stories based on an analysis of Cruz’s school records that was poorly redacted. Curt Anderson, The Seattle Times, "Parkland school shooting suspect due back in Florida court," 25 Sep. 2018 Video from the troopers' car as well as the police car were referenced in a report but what the videos revealed was redacted. John Wisely, Detroit Free Press, "MSP: Fired trooper tried to cover up ATV Taser death details," 17 May 2018 As a result, much — but not all — of the testimony and evidence collected as part of the vast litigation has been sealed or redacted from public court records. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Still, the city released its actual proposal to the company only this week in response to a lawsuit, with five pages of the more-than-200-page document redacted, reported. Jacob Adelman,, "Details of Philadelphia's cash offer to Amazon in HQ2 pitch ordered to be shared," 27 Apr. 2018 Frankel and other defense lawyers say parts of Cruz’s statement are exempt from release under the state’s public records law, while other portions should be redacted out of sensitivity to the victims. Rafael Olmeda,, "Parkland shooter's lawyers and prosecutors debate release of confession," 9 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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