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

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

Choose the Right Synonym for revise


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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Review and revise plans regularly, but strike a balance between change and constancy. Agur Jõgi, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 And so novelists revise novels, endlessly, necessarily, on the way to completing them, which is to say by accepting their problems and moving on. New York Times, 12 July 2022 Goodman phoned back to revise and extend his remarks. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 As the calendar rolls forward into 2022, this is the perfect time to revisit, revise, and improve rules and policies around stablecoins. Sean Stein Smith, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 City officials are pushing to open those neighborhoods up for facilities with up to 12 children, as well as revise where larger child care centers can operate in other areas. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, 9 Nov. 2021 Dynamic goals need to be accessible and team members need to be able to revisit, revise, and review their priorities. Sesil Pir, Forbes, 11 Oct. 2021 Associate Principal Norman Bell went on to elaborate that students are encouraged to retake/revise tests, quizzes, papers, projects and have a 10-day window to do so from the date the grade is posted. Fox News, 1 Oct. 2021 Coppola’s continued mission to recut, revise, and rerelease his previous films suggests a dissatisfaction that might be either a personal eccentricity or related to the discontent that characterizes our current Walpurgisnacht. Armond White, National Review, 29 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When new evidence about risks comes to light, public-health authorities normally revise their guidance to ensure that the benefits outweigh the risks. Allysia Finley, WSJ, 4 Sep. 2022 The district will also review and revise standing policies and procedures. Michelle Del Rey, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Sep. 2022 After the comment period closes, ED will review all substantive comments, revise the regulations if needed, and provide a response to all comments before the final rules are published. Edward Conroy, Forbes, 30 June 2022 Most of Biden’s order is focused on federal law enforcement agencies — for example, requiring them to review and revise policies on use of force. Time, 26 May 2022 How might the Academy best revise its various reality categories? Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 Aug. 2022 Assembly Bill 2223, which is expected to pass this month, would revise section 187 of the penal code to further shield pregnant people from prosecution. Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2022 The dip in sales led the California New Car Dealers Association to revise its 2022 expectations for new vehicles downward to 1.8 million, which would fall below last year’s total of 1.86 million. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 The City-County Council will review and likely revise the budget before voting on it in October. Rachel Fradette, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Aug. 2022 See More

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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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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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