re·​vise | \ ˈrē-ˌvīz How to pronounce revise (audio) , ri-ˈvīz \

Definition of revise

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an act of revising : revision
2 : a printing proof that incorporates changes marked in a previous proof


re·​vise | \ ri-ˈvīz How to pronounce revise (audio) \
revised; revising

Definition of revise (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to look over again in order to correct or improve revise a manuscript
b British : to study again : review
2a : to make a new, amended, improved, or up-to-date version of revise a dictionary
b : to provide with a new taxonomic arrangement revising the alpine ferns

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Other Words from revise


revisable \ ri-​ˈvī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce revise (audio) \ adjective
reviser or revisor \ ri-​ˈvī-​zər How to pronounce revise (audio) \ noun

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correct, rectify, emend, remedy, redress, amend, reform, revise mean to make right what is wrong. correct implies taking action to remove errors, faults, deviations, defects. correct your spelling rectify implies a more essential changing to make something right, just, or properly controlled or directed. rectify a misguided policy emend specifically implies correction of a text or manuscript. emend a text remedy implies removing or making harmless a cause of trouble, harm, or evil. set out to remedy the evils of the world redress implies making compensation or reparation for an unfairness, injustice, or imbalance. redress past social injustices amend, reform, revise imply an improving by making corrective changes, amend usually suggesting slight changes amend a law , reform implying drastic change plans to reform the court system , and revise suggesting a careful examination of something and the making of necessary changes. revise the schedule

Examples of revise in a Sentence

Noun that paper needs one more revise, and then I think it's ready to turn in Verb We have to revise our plans because of the delays. I would like to revise my estimate.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the second session from 6:30-8 p.m. Oct. 13, students will receive feedback and coaching to finish, revise, and polish their essays. cleveland, "Get free help with teens’ college essay from Shaker Library: Press Run," 25 Sep. 2020 The cycle of develop, test, learn and revise has increased exponentially, and so has the need to think strategically and creatively without the luxury of time and extensive testing. Glenn Karwoski, Star Tribune, "3M and Brave New Workshop have something in common during pandemic," 22 Sep. 2020 Oceanside schools will see those shortfalls despite a 3.26 percent cost of living increase to state school funding, as proposed in Gov. Gavin Newsom’s May revise of the California state budget. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside school board reviews budget proposal for next school year," 17 June 2019 Nine paragraphs of new language were added to a 2012 revise. Jim Drummond, Orange County Register, "Political Perspectives: Placentia-Yorba Linda school district updates policies for nondiscrimination, harrasment," 31 Mar. 2017 Faulconer’s initial budget proposed a 31 percent cut to $10.4 million, but his May revise softened that to a 15 percent cut to $12.8 million. David Garrick,, "San Diego may boost police, arts in final budget adopted Monday," 2 June 2017 More Politics -- Republicans’ hopes for a revise of the Senate health bill by today are fading, with no quick fix in sight., "Today: Under Trump, Grandma Is Not Close Family," 30 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Farewell director Lulu Wang echoed Ng, calling for the HFPA to revise its eligibility rules. Tyler Aquilina,, "Celebrities slam Golden Globes for classifying American-made Minari as a foreign language film," 23 Dec. 2020 Section 215 and a couple of other surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act expired in March as the US descended into pandemic social distancing and lockdown measures, and Congress has still not made headway on how to reinstate or revise it. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Security News This Week: The US Used the Patriot Act to Justify Logging Website Visitors," 5 Dec. 2020 Commission Chief Operating Officer Sharmila Samarasinghe said Metro met its deadline last month to submit first drafts of its plans and was given two weeks to revise them using feedback from the safety panel. Washington Post, "Metro’s plans to correct safety deficiencies in its rail operations center sent back for more work," 11 Nov. 2020 Scott Buchanan, executive director of the Student Loan Servicing Alliance, a trade group, said borrowers can avoid the January rush and choose a payment option now and revise it later if their financial circumstances changed. Ann Carrns, Star Tribune, "2020 Is different for student loan payments," 31 Oct. 2020 The willingness to utter verbal formulas on command—and to revise them under correction, if necessary—is closely related to another recent development in respectable culture: the deliberate exclusion of news that is bad for the cause. David Bromwich, Harper's Magazine, "Is America Ungovernable?," 27 Oct. 2020 That goal was set before the production problems and demand uncertainty triggered by the coronavirus, but Tesla declined to revise it downward despite changing circumstances. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Tesla beats the Street again as profits, deliveries, and margins surge," 21 Oct. 2020 But as the virus proved more and more difficult to control, with many nations enduring successive waves of infection, economists scrambled to revise their forecasts. Catarina Saraiva,, "The Shape of the Recovery May End Up Coming From Another Alphabet," 23 Dec. 2020 Adam Rittenberg later reported the Big Ten will revise its mandatory time out of competition from 21 days down to 17 days. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Big Ten to adjust guidelines for players who test positive for coronavirus, potentially helping Ohio State’s playoff roster," 20 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of revise


1591, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1545, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for revise


Middle French reviser, from Latin revisere to look at again, frequentative of revidēre to see again, from re- + vidēre to see — more at wit

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The first known use of revise was in 1545

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“Revise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce revise (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of revise

: to make changes especially to correct or improve (something)
British : to study (something) again


re·​vise | \ ri-ˈvīz How to pronounce revise (audio) \
revised; revising

Kids Definition of revise

: to make changes that correct or improve I revised my book report.

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