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 Notre Dame's attempt to rewrite history after its last defeat of a No. 1 team 27 years ago. Erick Smith, USA TODAY, "Five biggest questions for Week 11 in college football: Wisconsin, Notre Dame are teams to watch," 12 Nov. 2020 Judges do not have the authority to rewrite the laws. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "No, Every Vote Does Not Count," 3 Nov. 2020 In theory, Congress could try to rewrite federal civil-service laws to reverse Trump’s order. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Trump’s Scorched-Earth War Against Federal Employees," 22 Oct. 2020 His final assignment, before retiring in 1978, was helping to rewrite immigration laws for the State and Justice departments. Washington Post, "Community deaths," 20 Oct. 2020 In many cases, too, a Biden administration would want to rewrite Trump-era rules that relaxed Obama-era climate controls in a way that sets a much more aggressive emissions mandate. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "GOP hold on Senate would eliminate top Biden threat to Trump deregulatory efforts," 6 Nov. 2020 Few ballot measures could claim to have sparked a more historic political battle than Proposition 15, the most far-reaching effort in more than four decades to rewrite the rules governing taxes levied on commercial and industrial properties. John Myers, Los Angeles Times, "California voters embrace special rules for app-based drivers, reject rent control plan," 4 Nov. 2020 Without it, he can be assured that the Republican majority will reject his plans to expand health care access, make significant investment in green energy and rewrite the tax code so that wealthy Americans shoulder more of the burden. Brian Slodysko And Gary D. Robertson, Star Tribune, "Democrat's personal scandal roils N. Carolina Senate race," 6 Oct. 2020 The Federal Reserve, splitting from other U.S. bank regulators, took an initial step to rewrite rules for hundreds of billions of dollars in lending and investment in lower-income neighborhoods. Andrew Ackerman, WSJ, "Fed Moves to Overhaul Lending Rules for Poorer Communities," 21 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The enforcement of any final rules that haven’t become binding by Jan. 20 can be postponed by a new administration, buying time for a rewrite. Jennifer A Dlouhy,, "Trump Rushes Environmental Rules That Could Handcuff Biden," 16 Nov. 2020 Republicans' rewrite of Texas' congressional map flipped the script, coinciding with a two-decade-long dominance of the state’s political scene. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "If blue wave crashes on Lone Star State, Texas GOP’s longstanding congressional clout would suffer," 2 Nov. 2020 In a 5–3 decision, the Court declined to endorse a federal district judge’s rewrite of Wisconsin State election law. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "This Time, Roberts Sides with Conservatives to Blunt Election-Rule Tinkering," 27 Oct. 2020 According to the Migration Policy Institute, under the Obama administration, the attorney general self-referred four decisions for rewrite. Marcia Brown, The New Republic, "The Best Way to Protect Immigrants From the Whims of Politics," 5 Oct. 2020 Polls have indicated that around 70% of Chileans will vote in favor of the rewrite. Jorge Poblete, Los Angeles Times, "A year after nationwide protests, Chile goes to the polls on new constitution," 24 Oct. 2020 The last major rewrite of the CRA’s regulations came during the during the Clinton Administration. Jesse Hamilton,, "Fed Overhaul of Anti-Redlining Rules Focuses on Loan Output," 21 Sep. 2020 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

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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 30 Nov. 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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