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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There are some details of the leak that Manning had to redact from the book due to a government review process. CBS News, 17 Oct. 2022 The Tribune has chosen to redact a reference the teacher made to his own child and his name. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 30 Sep. 2022 According to the report, the auditors found the videos provided important information to the public and that the department did not edit or redact information in a way that would have prevented someone from understanding the situation. Lyndsay Winkley, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2022 Chinese companies and their auditors are allowed to redact in audit papers shown to American regulators, according to a new Bloomberg report. Yvonne Lau, Fortune, 8 July 2022 That changed this week when lawyers for OnlyFans’ owner Fenix International Limited accidentally filed a court document that mistakenly failed to redact the names of Meta employees allegedly connected to the global conspiracy. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2022 Other states require police to redact the names of victims to protect their privacy, but the Massachusetts law goes much further., 27 Aug. 2022 Trease did concede that the two parties should work together to redact some of the officers’ personal information from the records before they are released. Paighten Harkins, The Salt Lake Tribune, 16 Aug. 2022 Kostura said some of the rules concerning body cameras have changed, allowing police departments to redact certain items related to incidents. cleveland, 14 July 2022 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 1 Dec. 2022.

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