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

Verb The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay. I had to rewrite the computer program.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just like the notion of an American manager on the sidelines of the Champions League, though, Marsch has his eyes on rewriting what's considered to be the norm. Avi Creditor,, "History-Making American Marsch, Salzburg Have Fearless Approach for UCL Task," 16 Sep. 2019 The gravitational forces of New York fashion are moving; its map is being rewritten and identity reinvented by a group of designers with a different sense of history and voices that demand to be heard. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "The Rebirth of New York Fashion," 14 Sep. 2019 The title calls out to theorist, artist, and rapper Rammellzee’s position that the alphabet is a bet — a social contract that can be rewritten., "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 The other was in California’s capital, where legislators passed a bill that promises to rewrite portions of the state’s economy, and the way some of its marquee companies—Uber, Lyft, Postmates, Doordash—deal with their workers. Wired, "New Electrics, New Laws, and Other Car News This Week," 15 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, the Hoosiers will try to rewrite the script with a surprise twist when the No. Mark Heim |, al, "Ohio State vs. Indiana 2019 live stream; time, TV channel, odds, watch online," 14 Sep. 2019 The project is a not too disguised attempt to rewrite the narrative of the United States with distortions and outright lies in an effort to elect a Democrat to office in 2020. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Doing the math while debating teachers’ salaries (9/8/19)," 8 Sep. 2019 Consider that Lim, who was born in Malaysia and is of Chinese descent, was brought in to rewrite and infuse Chiarelli's—a white man's—original Crazy Rich Asians script with authenticity and perspective. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The Crazy Rich Asians Pay Scandal Is Yet Another Example of Hollywood's Sexism," 10 Sep. 2019 This year, for her annual Harper's BAZAAR Icons portfolio, Global Fashion Director Carine Roitfeld celebrates some of the cultural forces who rewrote all the rules. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Celebrities Dance, Pose, & Shine the Night Away at #BAZAARICONS," 7 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun What that looked like in practice, Perrotta said, was rewrite after rewrite. New York Times, "Making ‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Arguing. Futzing. Spanking. Agreeing.," 25 Oct. 2019 The production became a front-page disaster: lawsuits, script rewrites, cost overruns, even a murder., "THE COTTON CLUB ENCORE," 10 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, his son, Stan, battles with a film producer over the script for a biopic about his death metal band as Chinese advisers request rewrite after rewrite to appease the government's strict content standards. Katie Shepherd,, "‘We too love money more than freedom’: South Park creators issue mock apology over Chinese censorship," 8 Oct. 2019 President Trump’s top agenda item, a rewrite of the 1994 trade deal between Mexico, Canada and the United States, could be the first victim. Erica Werner, Washington Post, "Impeachment inquiry threatens to overtake Capitol, upend trade and spending talks," 25 Sep. 2019 President Donald Trump's top agenda item, a rewrite of the 1994 trade deal between Mexico, Canada, and the U.S., could be the first victim. al, "Shelby: Trump impeachment proceedings could shut down government," 25 Sep. 2019 The action, which expands the administration’s rewrite of U.S. environmental laws, is the latest that targets protections, including for water, air and public lands. Ellen Knickmeyer, Twin Cities, "US government weakens application of Endangered Species Act," 12 Aug. 2019 In 2013, a sweeping, bipartisan rewrite of immigration laws passed the Senate but fizzled in the House, then controlled by Republicans. Catherine Lucey, WSJ, "Lawmakers Skeptical of Asylum-Law Changes in Two Weeks," 23 June 2019 Yet the Environmental Protection Agency’s rewrite of the Clean Power Plan — which is being unveiled Wednesday — will do little to halt a nationwide shift away from coal and toward cheaper electricity generated by the wind, the sun and natural gas. Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fortune, "Why Trump's EPA Rollback to End 'War on Coal' Won't Rescue the Industry," 19 June 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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The first known use of rewrite was in 1567

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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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