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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Other Words from rewrite


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 Pence is trying to rewrite history here because Trump is vulnerable for his lackadaisical approach to the coronavirus pandemic. Author: Glenn Kessler, Salvador Rizzo, Meg Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Fact-checking the vice presidential debate between Pence and Harris," 8 Oct. 2020 Delta will continue to rewrite the history books by adding to the already record-shattering hyperactive 2020 Atlantic hurricane season. NBC News, "Delta intensifies into a Category 4 hurricane and sets aim toward the Gulf Coast," 6 Oct. 2020 Our children’s schools are especially vulnerable because that is where the campaign to rewrite the past has been the fiercest. Mike Gonzalez, National Review, "To Tackle Critical Theory in the K–12 Classroom, Start with Colleges of Education," 5 Oct. 2020 So far, the EU has shown itself willing to overlook Johnson’s attempt to rewrite parts of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, a move that breaks international law. Ian Wishart,, "Brexit Enters Its Endgame With a Defining Call for Boris Johnson," 2 Oct. 2020 Several Republican members of Congress have introduced bills this year to reform or rewrite that particular section of law. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Senate votes to issue subpoenas to Facebook, Twitter, Google CEOs," 1 Oct. 2020 To accomplish the next step, Musk said his team has to completely rewrite the Autopilot software. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Elon Musk says Tesla's full self-driving Autopilot is coming soon and it's 'clearly going to work'," 23 Sep. 2020 The second night of his mostly virtual and almost entirely mask-free convention again sought to rewrite recent history to place Trump as a national savior in a pandemic mainly referenced in the past tense. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, "RNC mingles government with re-election campaign: A.M. News Links," 26 Aug. 2020 But with last year’s leading receivers Devin Duvernay and Collin Johnson gone, Moore had a chance to rewrite his story. Nick Moyle,, "WR Josh Moore looks like Longhorns' newest offensive star," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As soon as the OCC completed its CRA rewrite in May, Otting exited the agency. Jesse Hamilton,, "Fed Overhaul of Anti-Redlining Rules Focuses on Loan Output," 21 Sep. 2020 Wendy Hatch, director of communications for the Minnesota Department of Education, said the new guidance was more of a clarification than a rewrite of who qualified for free emergency child care. Mara Klecker, Star Tribune, "Minnesota school districts providing emergency child care face changing demand, staffing shortages," 25 Sep. 2020 In August, the White House urged a rewrite of CDC guidelines to discourage testing asymptomatic people who have had high-risk exposures to people with COVID-19. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "How We Survive the Winter," 18 Sep. 2020 The seven matrices representing the seven symbols in the rewrite system needed to satisfy a number of constraints, reflecting the ways that the 11 rules needed to be consistent with each other. Quanta Magazine, "Computer Scientists Attempt to Corner the Collatz Conjecture," 26 Aug. 2020 The milestone litigation is aimed at taking down a Trump administration rewrite of National Environmental Policy Act rules. Mark Olalde, USA TODAY, "Climate Point: Bringing labor into green movement," 5 Sep. 2020 As promised, the entry underscores some nuances, though the revision is not a complete rewrite. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "How Racism Made Its Way Into the Dictionary," 4 Sep. 2020 Amazon, Apple and Facebook have undergone similar scrutiny at either DOJ or its sister agency, the Federal Trade Commission, as well as on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are exploring a rewrite of the country’s competition laws. Washington Post, "The Justice Department could file a lawsuit against Google this month, overriding skepticism from its own top lawyers," 3 Sep. 2020 As soon as the president unloads on these familiar targets, all the determined efforts by convention planners to provide wavering suburban voters with a soothing and cynical rewrite of the Trump years will be forgotten. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Republicans Still Don’t Know How to Run Against Biden," 28 Aug. 2020

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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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“Rewrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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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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