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


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 The bid to change the constitution comes after Mexican courts blocked as unconstitutional earlier moves by the administration to rewrite the rules governing the electricity industry. David Luhnow, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 That would be a happy ending, one that might help rewrite the rules of what’s coming. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 26 Sep. 2021 Bombardier’s new Challenger 3500 is attempting to rewrite the rules for the competitive super-midsize category. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 15 Sep. 2021 The efforts by Trump to overturn the election result and conservatives to rewrite voting rules are deeply linked. Rob Kuznia, Bob Ortega And Casey Tolan, CNN, 12 Sep. 2021 The rallies, held in dozens of cities, were intended to increase pressure on Democrats to rewrite procedural rules that would allow Democrats to pass the legislation without Republican votes. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2021 There is an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to rewrite the rules for success in this Great Resignation. Ellevate, Forbes, 30 Aug. 2021 The ballot collection law is part of a nationwide push by Republican state legislators to rewrite election rules, and is similar to an Arizona law that the Supreme Court upheld on Thursday. Maggie Astor, New York Times, 6 July 2021 At the same time, Democratic groups supporting S.1 vowed to continue with a $30 million campaign pressing Democratic senators to rewrite filibuster rules and pass the bill — including with TV ads in Manchin’s West Virginia. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun But the opening score on its commercial debut won’t require a rewrite of the local record books. Patrick Frater, Variety, 29 Sep. 2021 Norm sent a rewrite to FX, which the network stood ready to develop, but the deal fell apart when Simon learned of the unauthorized revisions. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, 14 Sep. 2021 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., 31 Aug. 2021

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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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