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re·​write (ˌ)rē-ˈrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to revise something previously written
rewriter noun


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re·​write ˈrē-ˌrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio)
: a piece of writing (such as a news story) constructed by rewriting
: an act or instance of rewriting

Example Sentences

Verb The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay. I had to rewrite the computer program.
Recent Examples on the Web
But to do so literally is to rewrite history and reauthor events that too many people witnessed and watched happen, and modern baseball has steadfastly declined to do that. Scott Miller, New York Times, 5 Oct. 2022 Going back forces George to face his past in his quest to rewrite the script of his life and discover the contribution of African influences to the realist tradition. Brent Lang, Variety, 16 June 2022 Equipped with new technologies and agility, businesses have the opportunity to rewrite the playbook and adapt for the future. Laura Lebleu, Forbes, 26 May 2022 The secretary of state, working with the governor and attorney general, has broad authority to rewrite the state’s election rules and plays a role in the certification of results. Bob Christie,, 11 Nov. 2022 The challengers to Harvard and UNC urge the court not just to rewrite its rules on race but to overturn O’Connor’s ruling in Grutter v. Bollinger. Robert Barnes, Washington Post, 29 Oct. 2022 The smartest insight and analysis, from all perspectives, rounded up from around the web: The Biden administration wants to rewrite the rules of the gig economy, said Noah Rothman at MSNBC. The Week Staff, The Week, 29 Oct. 2022 Triton’s Project Hercules, a concept unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show, promises to rewrite the rules of design for mini-subs. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 14 Oct. 2022 That said, even if Democrats now want to rewrite the legislative history, what ultimately matters is what is in the actual text that Congress voted on. The Editors, National Review, 13 Oct. 2022
The Celtics’ road trip ending got a Hollywood rewrite. Christopher L. Gasper,, 14 Dec. 2022 The demonstrations have gathered momentum since Castillo’s ouster on Dec. 7, as his supporters call for his release from the police base where he is being detained, the dissolution of congress, early elections and a constitutional rewrite. Walter Brandimarte And Stephan Kueffner, Anchorage Daily News, 13 Dec. 2022 But Atlanta’stree ordinance has not undergone a wholesale rewrite since 2001, and the last significant updates were passed roughly 15 years ago, around the time the Great Recession began. Drew Kann, ajc, 6 Dec. 2022 That meant a page one rewrite for the project, which had labored in the screenwriting phase. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2022 Like the Thunderbolts plot rewrite rumors, these villain rumors can’t be confirmed at this time. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Nov. 2022 In each case, those small changes could necessitate a full-scale rewrite of a cheat engine to account for the new memory locations of crucial information. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, 17 Nov. 2022 In 1973, voters ratified Amendment 328, a rewrite of Article VI, the judicial article, authored by then-Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Howell Heflin. Mike Cason |, al, 31 July 2022 This is not a rewrite of some open source Minecraft clone, which likely would violate the EULA or still risk legal action, this is entirely from the ground up. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 25 July 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of rewrite was in 1567

Dictionary Entries Near rewrite

Cite this Entry

“Rewrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
re·​write (ˈ)rē-ˈrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio)
rewrote -ˈrōt How to pronounce rewrite (audio) ; rewritten -ˈrit-ən How to pronounce rewrite (audio) ; rewriting -ˈrīt-ing How to pronounce rewrite (audio)
: to write over again : revise


2 of 2 noun
re·​write ˈrē-ˌrīt How to pronounce rewrite (audio)
: something rewritten
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