rewrite

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

rewrite

noun
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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Other Words from rewrite

Verb

rewriter noun

Examples of rewrite in a Sentence

Verb The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay. I had to rewrite the computer program.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Some work remains for Diggs to rewrite the NFL record book. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 3 Oct. 2021 But with Butler now 32, Lowry 35 and Iguodala at 37 having moved on for a reunion run with the Golden State Warriors, there remains ample time for Richardson (28), Winslow (25) and Achiuwa (22) to rewrite their stories. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 2 Oct. 2021 Democrats, too, are beginning to craft their own plans for next week's hearing with police officers, some of whom are expected to raise concerns about the efforts by some Republicans to rewrite the events of that day. Lauren Fox, Melanie Zanona And Manu Raju, CNN, 20 July 2021 The loss of miner or staker interest can make weak blockchains vulnerable to manipulation, even allowing attackers to rewrite the contents of the chain. David Z. Morris, Fortune, 10 Mar. 2021 The rally in Washington, DC, was part of a dangerous attempt to rewrite the history of that dark day in America. Julian Zelizer, CNN, 18 Sep. 2021 Estanguet brought dozens of staff members to Japan to shadow organizers of the Tokyo Games — perhaps the most complicated, strangest Olympics in history — and to learn how to take a layered plan years in the making and rewrite it on the fly. New York Times, 6 Aug. 2021 Those involved didn't have the chance to rewrite it. David Bauder, Star Tribune, 9 July 2021 In the 1970s and ‘80s, then-Senate president William Bulger spent years trying to rewrite the law after he and his family were chased off a private beach. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In Chile, activists inspired by the change in neighboring Argentina hope to utilize an ongoing constitutional-rewrite process to broaden access. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 The result is a movie that's loud and annoying more than truly provocative, peppered with pop-culture references that prove cleverer than its rewrite of US history. Brian Lowry, CNN, 29 June 2021 The announcement pertains to a regulatory rewrite process, which involves the Department of Education reviewing and possibly dramatically changing complex federal regulations that govern key federal student loan programs. Adam S. Minsky, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Anyone who has ever worked on a paper, especially a crime-happy tabloid, knows how often such stories could be embroidered by enterprising street reporters and imaginative rewrite men. Edward Kosner, WSJ, 14 Apr. 2021 The Texas Legislature sent a sweeping rewrite of the state’s election laws to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, dealing a bruising defeat to Democrats after a months-long, bitter fight over voting rights. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 1 Sep. 2021 The Texas Legislature sent a sweeping rewrite of the state’s election laws to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, dealing a bruising defeat for Democrats after a monthslong, bitter fight over voting rights. BostonGlobe.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The Texas Legislature sent a sweeping rewrite of the state’s election laws to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, dealing a bruising defeat for Democrats after a monthslong, bitter fight over voting rights. Paul J. Weber And Acacia Coronado, chicagotribune.com, 31 Aug. 2021 The renewable energy lobby collectively breathed a sigh of relief at the passage of Paddie’s committee rewrite. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, 18 May 2021

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First Known Use of rewrite

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of rewrite was in 1567

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“Rewrite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rewrite. Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for rewrite

rewrite

verb

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

rewrite

verb
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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