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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Recent Examples on the Web But since news broke of the employees’ allegations, the company has updated the site, removing all contact information for the company’s headquarters and reworded much of the guidance for customers. Dallas News, "Hillstone Restaurant Group employee seeks judge’s order to be allowed to use mask," 7 May 2020 Importantly, Oregon also agreed to reword Wallace’s transcript notation. Kenny Jacoby, USA Today, "A football star was expelled for rape twice. A secret deal scrubbed it from his transcript," 12 Dec. 2019 Anyone can take anything out of context and reword it. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "The Quiet Return of Bruce Weber and Mario Testino," 4 Dec. 2019 Whereas science has traditionally been guided by dispassionate, male-centric authority, women are rewording climate conversations to honor the collective, connective nature of the problem. Dan Zak, Washington Post, "How should we talk about what’s happening to our planet?," 27 Aug. 2019 Ester wants to reword the lyrics and replace the original instrumentation with more of a dance-pop feel. Robbie Daw, Billboard, "'Songland' Recap: Charlie Puth Decides Not to Record the Winning Song," 5 Sep. 2019 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

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1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Reword.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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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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