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rewrite

verb re·write \ (ˌ)rē-ˈrīt \
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of rewrite

rewrote play \(ˌ)rē-ˈrōt\; rewritten play \(ˌ)rē-ˈri-tᵊn\; rewriting play \(ˌ)rē-ˈrī-tiŋ\
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
: to revise something previously written

rewriter

noun

Examples of rewrite in a Sentence

  1. The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay.

  2. I had to rewrite the computer program.

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First Known Use of rewrite

1567

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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rewrite

noun re·write \ ˈrē-ˌrīt \

Definition of rewrite

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

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First Known Use of rewrite

1901

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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REWRITE Defined for English Language Learners

rewrite

Definition of rewrite for English Language Learners

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


REWRITE Defined for Kids

rewrite

verb re·write \ ˌrē-ˈrīt \

Definition of rewrite for Students

rewrote \-ˈrōt\; rewritten \-ˈri-tᵊn\; rewriting \-ˈrī-tiŋ\
: to write over again especially in a different way
  • Rewrite this confusing sentence.


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