rewrite

verb
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

rewrite

noun
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

Verb

rewriter noun

Examples of rewrite in a Sentence

Verb

The teacher asked him to rewrite the essay. I had to rewrite the computer program.

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Getty ImagesAlexander Tamargo Out today, January 18, a new Netflix series on Carmen Sandiego is rewriting Sandiego in an animated series, making her a crime-fighting hero. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Gina Rodriguez Posed as Carmen Sandiego to Celebrate the Launch Of Her Netflix Series," 18 Jan. 2019 Far from adopting many of the norms of the postwar world, Beijing has attempted to rewrite them in its own favor. Michael Auslin, WSJ, "Backlash Builds Against Beijing," 30 Oct. 2018 Round by round, Isner is rewriting his personal history at Wimbledon. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "John Isner Tries to Wring Happy Memories From His ‘House of Horrors’," 9 July 2018 The Patriots have long defied odds and continue rewriting history by sustaining their success for two decades. Rob Maaddi, The Seattle Times, "Still no slowing down the Patriots’ dynasty," 4 Feb. 2019 Claire and Jamie were willing to try to rewrite history—to murder Dougal even—to save the Highlanders. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Outlander's Sex Scenes Are More Than Hot—They're Genuinely Feminist," 7 Dec. 2018 The human toll of this slow-motion disaster only highlights how much the National Flood Insurance Program needs to be drastically rewritten to address this problem head on. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 As for the rest, the work will likely be a yearslong project that Marti thinks will rewrite Mustang history. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "'Little Red' 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 found after 50 years, could be worth millions," 17 Aug. 2018 The national party hasn’t condemned these power grabs, giving the state legislatures tacit permission to rewrite the rules. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The Wisconsin power grab is part of a bigger Republican attack on democracy," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Hedge funds could also benefit if lawsuits investors have filed related to the government’s rewrite of the bailout terms are decided in their favor. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Popular Hedge Fund Bet on Fannie and Freddie Is Paying Off Big This Year," 26 Jan. 2019 Parliament rejected the law in its current form, so there is still opportunity for a rewrite and second vote. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump drains his own swamp," 6 July 2018 Now, the tax-code rewrite could throw that into reverse. Bloomberg.com, "Beware the $500 Billion Bond Exodus," 17 Jan. 2018 Hatch used his role as chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee to get a major rewrite of the U.S. tax codes to the president’s desk while Trump helped Hatch downsize the monuments and get a Utah man freed from a Venezuelan prison. Brady Mccombs, The Seattle Times, "Hatch laments loss of civility for US Senate in ‘crisis’," 12 Dec. 2018 The gathering comes at a critical moment, as Trump administration officials race to finalize a Nafta rewrite in the next few weeks and prepare to meet again next week with Chinese leaders in hopes of forestalling a potential trade war. New York Times, "Trump’s Trade Moves Put U.S. Carmakers in a Jam at Home and Abroad," 10 May 2018 The calculator was the government's latest burst of information related to the sweeping $1.5 trillion tax overhaul, the first major rewrite of the tax code in three decades, which took effect Jan. 1. Marcy Gordon, USA TODAY, "How much tax to withhold? New calculator to help figure it," 1 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rewrite

Verb

1567, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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rewrite

verb

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

rewrite

verb
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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