re·​write | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio) \
rewrote\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈrōt How to pronounce rewrote (audio) \; rewritten\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈri-​tᵊn How to pronounce rewritten (audio) \; rewriting\ (ˌ)rē-​ˈrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce rewriting (audio) \

Definition of rewrite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to write in reply
2 : to make a revision of (something, such as a story) : cause to be revised: such as
a : to put (contributed material) into form for publication
b : to alter (previously published material) for use in another publication

intransitive verb

: to revise something previously written


re·​write | \ ˈrē-ˌrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio) \

Definition of rewrite (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a piece of writing (such as a news story) constructed by rewriting
2 : an act or instance of rewriting

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rewriter noun

Examples of rewrite in a Sentence


The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay. I had to rewrite the computer program.

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Fortunately, all of our networking, keychain, and Core Data persistence code worked as expected without change, so not having to rewrite that code was a huge time savings. 3. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Catalyst deep dive: The future of Mac software according to Apple and devs," 1 July 2019 Expect Sunday’s Pre Classic to rewrite the Cobb Track and Angell Field record book., "Bungling USATF amends Pan Am Games team without explanation: Oregon track & field rundown," 27 June 2019 O’Rourke countered by emphasizing his intention to rewrite a comprehensive plan. Mark Dent, Fortune, "Julián Castro Breaks Out In a Debate Defined By Border Policy and Immigration," 27 June 2019 So when the series debuts on Sunday, the on-screen image of Ailes will be the product of years of grappling, arguing, writing and rewriting; of death threats and smears and anonymous sources; of clashing interpretations of shadowy truths. Austin Considine, New York Times, "How Russell Crowe Channeled Roger Ailes in ‘The Loudest Voice’," 27 June 2019 During tryout performances in Baltimore, Detroit, and Philadelphia, the project was almost scrapped before Mr. Brown rewrote parts of the book, and director Geoffrey Holder revitalized the staging and costumes. Matt Schudel,, "William F. Brown, Tony-nominated playwright of ‘The Wiz,’ dies at 91," 27 June 2019 In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Elordi notes that Euphoria is perhaps attempting to rewrite narratives put out by rom-coms like The Kissing Booth. Kaitlin Reilly,, "There's A Surprising Connection Between Jacob Elordi's Euphoria & Kissing Booth Characters," 25 June 2019 Thankfully, nobody has gone this far in rewriting Scripture, yet. Declan Leary, National Review, "The Problem with Trying to Make Catholicism Relatable in the Amazon," 25 June 2019 William Hauptman’s adaptation shows the scars of rewriting and, of course, no 150 minutes of performance can hope to do more than evoke and salute such a literary masterwork. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: 35 years ago ‘Big River’ started flowing in La Jolla," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As a bonus, Christopher Curtis has given Mercury permission to perform Curtis’ recent rewrite of the 2006 musical, making Mercury the first in the world to do so, ahead of a British opening., "See the ‘scandalous, sensational’ life of Charlie Chaplin in Mercury Theatre’s ‘Chaplin: The Musical’ July 5-21 in South Euclid," 2 July 2019 Trying to examine Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship, our definitions like adaptation or rewrite become faintly anachronistic, or clumsy. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "Adam Thirlwell," 25 Oct. 2018 Jarvis spearheaded a total rewrite of avian brain nomenclature, which has allowed scientists to better unravel the relationships between the brains of birds and vertebrates. Quanta Magazine, "In Birds’ Songs, Brains and Genes, He Finds Clues to Speech," 30 Jan. 2018 Well, Ovechkin is a couple of wins away from a complete rewrite of that narrative after Washington’s 3-1 victory over the Las Vegas Knights in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the Capitol One Arena on Saturday night. Sam Donnellon,, "Capitals move within two games of Stanley Cup with 3-1 win over Golden Knights," 2 June 2018 China’s latest statements come after the Trump administration helped pass the most extensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years -- a bill that could reduce federal revenue by as much as $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Saleha Mohsin,, "Chinese Caution on U.S. Debt Clouds Financing for Trump’s Tax Cut," 10 Jan. 2018 That Tuesday, the show had been locked, all changes final, no more rewrites allowed for Mitchell, the songwriter who, yes, has been rewriting since 2006 this musical about a songwriter who can’t finish his song. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker took a first step toward accepting Rauner’s plan to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois under narrow circumstances, which the governor included in his rewrite of a different gun control measure. Monique Garcia,, "Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules following Waffle House shooting," 16 May 2018 In addition to the splits over the Green Leap Forward, Medicare for All and constitutional rewrites, Robert Mueller’s report has opened a new divide. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Mueller Bitter Enders," 28 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of rewrite


1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of rewrite

: to write (something) again especially in a different way in order to improve it or to include new information


re·​write | \ ˌrē-ˈrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio) \
rewrote\ -​ˈrōt \; rewritten\ -​ˈri-​tᵊn \; rewriting\ -​ˈrī-​tiŋ \

Kids Definition of rewrite

: to write over again especially in a different way Rewrite this confusing sentence.

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