re·​word | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈwərd How to pronounce reword (audio) \
reworded; rewording; rewords

Definition of reword

transitive verb

1 : to repeat in the same words
2 : to alter the wording of also : to restate in other words

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Synonyms & Antonyms for reword


paraphrase, rephrase, restate, translate



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Examples of reword in a Sentence

You should reword this sentence. I'll reword the question for you so you can better understand it.

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Ring changed its terms of service earlier this year, rewording things in such a way that made people guess that the company may unveil its own facial recognition technology in the near future. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "8 Things You Should Know Before Buying A Smart Doorbell, Like Nest Hello Or Ring," 6 July 2018 Recruiters lure people abroad with a lucrative contract that is later reworded, sometimes in a language the individual does not understand. The Economist, "Software that detects human trafficking," 3 May 2018 The deputy AGs had questions early on and helped the insurance department reword the guidance, Cameron said. Audrey Dutton, idahostatesman, "Experts call Idaho’s new health insurance rules illegal. Here’s what they would do.," 3 Feb. 2018 For hours Saturday morning and into the afternoon, delegates to the Alaska Federation of Natives convention worked through their list of carefully worded and reworded resolutions on heath and safety, subsistence and land, economics and tribes. Lisa Demer, Alaska Dispatch News, "AFN delegates set Native agenda; politicians talk about Trump, Twitter, climate, Alaska," 22 Oct. 2017 After an immediate online backlash, the Times reworded the offending section and appended a correction. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Judge Tosses Sarah Palin Lawsuit Against New York Times," 29 Aug. 2017 Red and blue lines The 1953 exam contained the following problem (reworded a bit): There are six points in the plane. Arthur Benjamin, Scientific American, "How Math Puzzles Help You Plan the Perfect Party," 2 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of reword

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of reword

: to state (something) again using different and often simpler words


re·​word | \ ˌrē-ˈwərd How to pronounce reword (audio) \
reworded; rewording

Kids Definition of reword

: to state in different words Let me reword the question.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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