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.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After Hurricane Andrew, Dale helped to rewrite the South Florida Building Code., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/20," 20 June 2019 Blackmon, who entered Wednesday night’s game batting .336, is rewriting baseball history. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "The secret to Charlie Blackmon’s success? Rockies outfielder is always prepared," 19 June 2019 However, the project was soon complicated by a number of technical challenges, not least the fact that the app had to essentially be rewritten to port it from Amazon Web Services to Azure. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Microsoft To-Do takes another step towards replacing Wunderlist with Mac release," 18 June 2019 Original drafts of the ordinance included criminal penalties, but the law was rewritten to only include civil action. Sean Mcdonnell - Special To,, "Medina’s LGBTQ non-discrimination law passes first committee vote," 17 June 2019 The trade disputes are proxies for a bigger, even trickier question: Will China respect global economic rules, or bend and rewrite them? Anders Fogh Rasmussen, WSJ, "To Counter Beijing, the Best Option Is the G-7," 17 June 2019 Some cities have banned diesel-powered cars from their centres, and carmakers are rewriting business models to avoid being overtaken by Chinese upstarts. The Economist, "German politicians are scrambling to respond to the Green Party’s surge," 14 June 2019 In a 2009 ruling, the Atlantic City casino hotel was ordered to rewrite its employee handbook, after unlawfully reprimanding a labor-union representative who distributed a press statement about a workplace dispute. Frank D. Lomonte For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Whistleblowers' rights could be at risk under Trump's new labor board," 12 June 2019 Also as part of the education funding formula rewrite, a total of $50 million in grants were set aside for qualifying school districts as an incentive to abate a portion of their property taxes. Rick Pearson,, "Property tax relief is next 'think big' idea for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Illinois lawmakers to face," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The emails reveal a bare bones operation as the United States embarked on a rewrite of a trade deal that has become critical to the many North American businesses that have built up supply chains around Nafta. New York Times, "White House’s Nafta Approach Frustrates Businesses, Panicked Emails Show," 6 June 2018 The department laid out its interim enforcement priorities to provide temporary clarity while its broader rewrite of service animal rules is being completed. Michael Laris, Washington Post, "Miniature horses are welcome as service animals, but monkeys are a maybe, according to U.S. airline regulators," 16 May 2018 Begich is open to changes that clarify the law but not a wholesale rewrite. Becky Bohrer, The Seattle Times, "Some Alaska lawmakers say new ethics rules are too limiting," 10 Feb. 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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