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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But the deal can't be rewritten without approval from Congress, and the White House had run into resistance from congressional Democrats who control the House of Representatives and demanded several changes to the agreement. Anchorage Daily News, "Republican lawmakers discuss vote to block new Trump tariffs on Mexico," 4 June 2019 The art history books will now have to be rewritten. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, "See This Record-Breaking Guggenheim Exhibit Before It’s Gone," 18 Apr. 2019 Next, the legislature will have to rewrite election law to specify requirements for the new machines. Ben Nadler, The Seattle Times, "Georgia official seeks to replace criticized voting machines," 23 Jan. 2019 Photo: Seth Wenig/Associated Press Uber lucked out with a conservative three-judge panel because the liberal Ninth Circuit frequently flouts Supreme Court precedent and attempts to rewrite law. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Silicon Valley’s Supreme Salvation," 26 Sep. 2018 Lawyers for state and county election officials argued that the Abrams campaign was trying to use a postelection lawsuit to rewrite Georgia’s election laws. Kate Brumback, The Seattle Times, "Georgia senator decries her arrest at vote-count protest," 14 Nov. 2018 The book follows Sancia Grado, a thief attempting to steal a powerful device that holds unimaginable power to rewrite the laws of reality. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "All the science fiction and fantasy books that you should check out this month," 1 Aug. 2018 There are traditions that should be respected and others that can be rewritten. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "A Proposal Under a Supermoon in Switzerland Led to a Wedding Celebration in the Utah Desert," 3 Jan. 2019 This is a new era for human spaceflight, a total rewriting of rules. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "Cape Canaveral's Legendary Launchpad Is Ready for Astronauts Once More," 16 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

China’s latest statements come after the Trump administration helped pass the most extensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years -- a bill that could reduce federal revenue by as much as $1.5 trillion over 10 years. Saleha Mohsin,, "Chinese Caution on U.S. Debt Clouds Financing for Trump’s Tax Cut," 10 Jan. 2018 That Tuesday, the show had been locked, all changes final, no more rewrites allowed for Mitchell, the songwriter who, yes, has been rewriting since 2006 this musical about a songwriter who can’t finish his song. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 Meanwhile, a Democratic lawmaker took a first step toward accepting Rauner’s plan to reinstate the death penalty in Illinois under narrow circumstances, which the governor included in his rewrite of a different gun control measure. Monique Garcia,, "Illinois considers changing gun transfer rules following Waffle House shooting," 16 May 2018 In addition to the splits over the Green Leap Forward, Medicare for All and constitutional rewrites, Robert Mueller’s report has opened a new divide. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "The Mueller Bitter Enders," 28 Mar. 2019 The emails reveal a bare bones operation as the United States embarked on a rewrite of a trade deal that has become critical to the many North American businesses that have built up supply chains around Nafta. New York Times, "White House’s Nafta Approach Frustrates Businesses, Panicked Emails Show," 6 June 2018 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

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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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