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 Kelley said the board needs time to study the report, adding that CPS should redact the document or require reviewers to sign a nondisclosure agreement. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "CPS Energy to consider closing coal plant, but withholds details," 25 Jan. 2021 Along with ordering the release of the video, the court says the prosecutor must redact any image of a police officer who was authorized to work undercover on in plain clothes at the time. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Ohio Supreme Court rules security camera showing judge shooting must be released," 24 Nov. 2020 Kiley allowed attorneys to redact Social Security numbers, birthdays and signatures but would not seal case records. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, "Trump team lawsuit over Maricopa County votes heads to court Thursday. Here's what to know," 12 Nov. 2020 On Tuesday, court officials indicated Kiley would allow attorneys to redact birthdays, signatures and Social Security numbers if used in a trial. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Arizona judge denies Trump team request to seal evidence in vote-counting suit," 11 Nov. 2020 The Tribune also sought West Valley City’s K-9 bite records, but was initially told it would be released only after the newspaper paid more than $6,000 to redact police reports and body camera footage. Jessica Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, "West Valley City releases bodycam showing police dogs biting dozens of people," 3 Nov. 2020 Two unidentified persons who provided testimony in the civil suit this week were given another 14 days to convince Preska to redact their names and some information. al, "Ghislaine Maxwell testimony transcript unsealed: What she knows about Jeffrey Epstein," 22 Oct. 2020 To keep integrity intact, fewer than five Wauwatosa police officers will have the authority to edit, redact or delete videos, Kolberg said. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Every Wauwatosa police officer will use a body cam after department's video system overhaul," 8 Oct. 2020 The court did allow the county to redact an attorney’s personal email address. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "County ordered to turn over emails related to renegotiated Bengals stadium lease," 7 Oct. 2020

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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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10 Feb 2021

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“Redact.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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