re·​phrase (ˌ)rē-ˈfrāz How to pronounce rephrase (audio)
rephrased; rephrasing

transitive verb

: to phrase or express (something) in a different way especially to make the meaning clearer
Let me rephrase the question.
… spoke first in precise medical terms, then quickly rephrased them in laymen's language.George J. Church and Evan Thomas

Examples of rephrase in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These features include the ability to generate entire PowerPoint slide decks from a chatbot-like prompt, and inline Copilot experiences in Word to rephrase paragraphs, generate text, and summarize documents. Tom Warren, The Verge, 15 Jan. 2024 At other times, Kaplan rephrased Cohen’s questions to elicit more direct answers from Bankman-Fried. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 At other times, Kaplan rephrased Cohen's questions to elicit more direct answers from Bankman-Fried. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 31 Oct. 2023 Since then, the Chamber has softened its rhetoric, in keeping with the conservative trend of rephrasing unpopular positions in the language of pluralism. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 26 Oct. 2023 Sure, generative AI can rephrase your emails to sound like Jerry Seinfeld. Reece Rogers, WIRED, 1 Mar. 2023 When the reporter tried to rephrase the question, Saban established that his comprehension had not been the issue. Matt Stahl |, al, 23 Aug. 2023 As rephrased by the publication, looking great shouldn't be attached to a number. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 7 June 2023 In this analogy, a conventional search engine is the student reciting something verbatim, but ChatGPT is rephrasing it. The Politics Of Everything, The New Republic, 10 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rephrase was in 1882

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“Rephrase.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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