re·​dact ri-ˈdakt How to pronounce redact (audio)
redacted; redacting; redacts

transitive verb

: to put in writing : frame
: to select or adapt (as by obscuring or removing sensitive information) for publication or release
broadly : edit
: to obscure or remove (text) from a document prior to publication or release

Examples of redact in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Further details of that witness’ statement were redacted from the warrant released by police. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 13 Feb. 2024 In the letter, parts of which were redacted, Huizar said his own weakness had forever changed his life. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, 26 Jan. 2024 The coworkers’ names were redacted from the public report. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Jan. 2024 The protocol was issued last August, and the version made available to the public is heavily redacted. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 Johnson apologized that the references to the other women were not redacted from the audio. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, 23 Jan. 2024 When asked if the rate could be disclosed with personnel records redacted, Officer Jack Taylor, a spokesman for the Police Department, said the information was closed under Missouri law. Katie Moore, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 The protocol that Alabama now has in place for its nitrogen gas executions has remained mostly redacted due to the state's execution secrecy laws. Alyssa Spady, CBS News, 19 Jan. 2024 City officials restated Wednesday that reviewing and redacting every video to protect personal information such as images of faces, license plates and backyards would have taken a full-time employee about 230 days to complete. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere

First Known Use

1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of redact was in 1829

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Cite this Entry

“Redact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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