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 Trump has also tried to rewrite the narrative of what happened on the day. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Half of Republicans believe false accounts of Capitol riot: Poll," 5 Apr. 2021 The next few chapters in America’s pandemic history will rewrite the previous ones. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How Will We Remember This?," 15 Mar. 2021 This is a clear threat that, if the courts don’t follow his orders, Congress will rewrite the judicial rules. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Sheldon Whitehouse vs. the Supreme Court," 10 Mar. 2021 But Texas will have to rewrite the narrative after a brutal winter storm left over 4 million residents freezing in the dark. Dallas News, "After the lights went out in Texas for days, will companies keep moving here?," 26 Feb. 2021 Kotek’s solution would rewrite state rules that dictate who’s on the chopping block if and when school districts face layoffs. oregonlive, "To retain teachers of color, an Oregon bill takes aim at schools’ ‘first in, last out’ layoff policies," 24 Feb. 2021 If needed, rewrite it so that only a positive statement is left. cleveland, "Dear Annie: Look beyond your own world to see what others are going through too," 17 Jan. 2021 The Biden administration could rewrite or discard the new exam, but that may take awhile, as the current revisions have been in the works for two years. Bob Egelko,, "Trump’s new citizenship test more difficult, tilts in a conservative direction," 2 Jan. 2021 This gives the actor a chance to hopefully rewrite the narrative. Natalie Morin,, "The Star Wars Universe Just Made History. Multiple Times.," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The leaders of Aleph, Tzedek and their allies played a role in helping build support for a sweeping rewrite of federal sentencing laws in 2018, winning bipartisan praise and bolstering their clout in the administration. New York Times, "Access, Influence and Pardons: How a Set of Allies Shaped Trump’s Choices," 21 Mar. 2021 The rewrite, sponsored this year by state Sen. Arthur Orr, would set deadlines by which state and local government agencies must answer requests. al, "Whitmire: Alabama is dead last for open records. The Legislature could fix that.," 17 Mar. 2021 Its gradual reconsolidation and entry into new industries coincided with a major rewrite of our communications laws. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Break up the Telecom Giants," 17 Mar. 2021 On Wednesday, the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to consider a bill that has appeared there before — a rewrite of Alabama’s Open Records Act that would give teeth to the law. al, "Whitmire: Alabama is dead last for open records. The Legislature could fix that.," 17 Mar. 2021 In 1959, series fiction published by the Stratemeyer Syndicate underwent a multiyear rewrite, ostensibly to eliminate racial and ethnic stereotypes and to conform to modern times. Marilyn Greenwald, WSJ, "Dr. Seuss, Meet the Sanitized Sleuths Known as the Hardy Boys," 12 Mar. 2021 Democrats in Congress are pushing a sweeping rewrite of the country’s voting laws, essentially establishing a new national election code aimed at reining in states like Texas, where Republicans for years have worked to limit access to the ballot. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Maskless visitors will test S.A.'s tourist attractions," 5 Mar. 2021 The city attorney said last week the city's appeal timeline was unknown, but officials said the ordinance might be reviewed again during a land development code rewrite scheduled for the end of March. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Wilmington officials continue enforcing short-term rental policy deemed illegal by North Carolina court," 15 Jan. 2021 The Supreme Court on Monday declined to rein in last year’s judicial rewrite of Pennsylvania election law, despite three dissenting votes. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Court Won’t End Election Anarchy," 22 Feb. 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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“Rewrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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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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