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

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Some of the priests’ names in the report have been redacted. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Scathing report reveals 300 Pennsylvania Catholic priests sexually abused over 1,000 children," 19 Oct. 2018 Names of all the accusers were redacted from the report released by the college district. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Rio Salado College vice president denies allegations of sexual harassment," 8 May 2018 The March subpoena asked for records relating to any improper payments to a former player whose name Maryland redacted Friday, citing federal privacy laws regarding college students. Will Hobson,, "Maryland basketball subpoenaed in college basketball corruption probe," 6 July 2018 Photo: jim watson/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The Justice Department posted its response in redacted form. Julie Bykowicz And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "National Enquirer Publisher Asked Justice Department for Advice on Saudi Connection," 11 Feb. 2019 Similarly, some tribal stakeholders stated that providers heavily redacted deployment information (which providers may consider proprietary) or required the tribe [to] sign non-disclosure agreements to access deployment data. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "FCC data exaggerates broadband access on tribal lands," 11 Sep. 2018 The woman’s name was redacted from the tribal statement. Terry Tang, The Seattle Times, "Family of woman in vegetative state outraged after baby born," 9 Jan. 2019 Scenes of victims and first responders performing medical procedures were redacted from the video. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Cincinnati police release bodycam footage of cop firing through window, gunning down mass shooter at bank," 13 Sep. 2018 In some cases, women asked that their first names also be redacted., "'I'm asking God every day for us to be together again soon'," 3 July 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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