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 On top of that, the letter said, the sheriff's office did not redact Hutchins' private and personal information. Amir Vera And Paul Vercammen, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 Anchorage police redact graphic portions of the footage either by cutting the footage or blurring it, said community relations director Sunny Guerin. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Mar. 2022 The trials allowed the various groups to review, share and redact camera footage and evaluate storage and security solutions. Suzanne Baker,, 1 Feb. 2022 It had been reported that the US rejected China’s proposal that audit reviews redact user data and personal information. Brendan Ahern, Forbes, 6 Dec. 2021 In a 9-0 vote, the redactions were largely upheld, though the Assembly instructed municipal attorneys to un-redact some portion of the records. Emily Goodykoontz, Anchorage Daily News, 5 Feb. 2022 However, the attorney had asked that the court either file the affidavit under seal or, alternately redact the witness’s name for privacy reasons and the witness’ protection. Clifford Ward,, 19 Jan. 2022 Tom did redact one reference, which had to do with women’s work. New York Times, 21 Jan. 2022 The requests, Sopko said, did not make any sense, like asking to redact the name of former Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, a figure already well known internationally. Ellie Kaufman And Oren Liebermann, CNN, 29 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of redact

1829, 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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5 May 2022

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“Redact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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