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 Previous to this summer most documents have the social security and driver’s license redacted but include all other information. Christopher Harress |, al, "Mobile city website mistakenly publishes highly sensitive personal data," 7 Nov. 2019 Knight unsealed the records and redacted two portions; a paragraph from an affidavit and a letter written by Gentry’s ex-husband, Brian Gentry. Julia Fair,, "A Northern Kentucky family court judge had her own divorce records sealed in another county," 28 Oct. 2019 Cleveland’s law department redacted the address of the apartment and other information from police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Woman tells police she escaped human trafficking situation in downtown Cleveland, police reports say," 26 Oct. 2019 Letters to Edith Mayer Cord from her father during WWII that has had parts of the text redacted and blacked out by Nazi officials controlling the flow of information in French citizens letters. Talia Richman,, "Maryland education department plans to enhance Holocaust education," 24 Oct. 2019 But police redacted statements from the suspect to police, who waived her Miranda rights. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "A 911 caller reported hearing a woman cry “Help me” before a man was found shot to death in Montclair neighborhood," 22 Oct. 2019 Newspapers display redacted copy on their front pages in Sydney, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019. Rod Mcguirk, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Australian papers redact front pages to expose govt secrecy," 20 Oct. 2019 Federal public records law, by contrast, only allows federal agencies and offices to charge commercial records requesters, not journalists or member of the public, to gather and redact records. oregonlive, "Lawmakers must ban high fees to make Oregon public records truly public, records expert says," 9 Oct. 2019 Mueller’s redacted report was released widely on April 18. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Trump and Ukraine: The complete impeachment timeline," 1 Oct. 2019

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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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