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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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 The documents, partially redacted by the court, give the most detailed look yet at how detectives tracked DeAngelo and obtained the evidence that led to his April 24 arrest. Sam Stanton And Darrell Smith, sacbee, "How detectives collected DNA samples from the East Area Rapist suspect," 1 June 2018 Milloy suggested that identifying patient information like names and addresses could easily be redacted. Niina Heikkinen, Scientific American, "EPA Plan Would Discount Health Benefits of Reducing CO2 Emissions," 26 Mar. 2018 However, Robart's order explaining his reasoning is temporarily sealed to give parties to the case time to confer about whether portions of the order need to be redacted. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Judge deals blow to women suing Microsoft over gender discrimination," 26 June 2018 Still, the Pennsylvania judge who oversaw the grand jury’s inquiry unsealed an opinion this month that revealed a behind-the-scenes legal fight by unnamed individuals or organizations to redact or change its report., "Pa. report to document child sexual abuse, cover-ups in six Catholic dioceses," 17 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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to reject or criticize sharply

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