ed·​it | \ ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio) \
edited; editing; edits

Definition of edit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to prepare (something, such as literary material) for publication or public presentation edit a manuscript
b : to assemble (something, such as a moving picture or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging edit a film
c : to alter, adapt, or refine especially to bring about conformity to a standard or to suit a particular purpose carefully edited the speech edit a data file
2 : to direct the publication of edits the daily newspaper
3 : delete usually used with out
4 : to modify a gene or gene product of by inserting, deleting, or replacing DNA sequences The first work attempting to edit human embryos grabbed headlines last week.— Penny Sarchet and Michael Le Page — see gene editing



Definition of edit (Entry 2 of 2)

: an instance or result of editing

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editable \ ˈe-​də-​tə-​bəl How to pronounce edit (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for edit

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of edit in a Sentence

Verb This chapter needs to be edited. The book was poorly edited. The stories have been edited for a younger audience. Students learn to edit their essays for grammar and punctuation. The software allows you to edit videos on your computer. This film has been edited for television. an anthology of ancient poetry edited by a local professor
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Thankfully for the victim, Netflix is aware of the problem and has now promised to edit the scene in question. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 6 Oct. 2021 Video editors will also be able to manually edit the depth of field and bokeh levels in their footage after capture. J. Clara Chan, Billboard, 14 Sep. 2021 Creekmur recalls attending a Raekwon concert this year and noticing the Wu-Tang Clan rapper edit a lyric that originally contained a homophobic slur. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 At some point, Bennett said there was an agreement to have The America Project submit draft tweets through a software platform that Bennett and Montenegro could edit. Ryan Randazzo, The Arizona Republic, 26 Sep. 2021 Scroll further down the Emergency SOS and see where to add or edit Emergency Contacts in Health. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, 15 May 2021 Before that, however, the producers had to edit a sequence in the opening episode that involved a terrorist blowing up an airplane. Brian Lowry, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Typically, Crandell writes at night, wakes up early the next morning to edit the previous evening’s work, then heads off to her day job. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Sep. 2021 Two years later, Bishop Spong married Christine Mary Bridger, an administrator in the Newark archdiocese who went on to edit his work. BostonGlobe.com, 15 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The newest boutique, Playpark by Karen Walker, is located on the ground floor of Hotel Britomart, and features Walker's current-season collections, alongside an exclusive edit of pieces from some of her favorite brands. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021 Rather than applying an edit to a photo after it has been taken, Photographic Styles changes how the phone itself processes images. Maren Estrada, BGR, 28 Sep. 2021 But a refined edit of select bracelets can work just as well in these formations: single, doubled up the arm, or matching *Wonder Woman–*esque cuffs. Vogue, 27 Sep. 2021 Wingard would then take all of the different footage and put together an edit with the film’s editor, Josh Shaeffer. Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2021 As homegrown talents like Simone Rocha and Molly Goddard unveil their latest efforts through London Fashion Week, browse Vogue’s edit of the best buys from the city’s brilliant designers. Vogue, 21 Sep. 2021 With a subscription to GoPro, users can quickly upload content from the Hero10 to the cloud with additional edit and backup functions. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2021 It’s much easier to write, film, edit and schedule holiday content ahead of time. Yec, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 Design lovers will adore Simon James Store, which offers a refined edit of furniture, homewares, beauty products, and fashion. Amy Louise Bailey, Travel + Leisure, 16 July 2021

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First Known Use of edit


1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for edit


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20 Oct 2021

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“Edit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edit. Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of edit

: to prepare (something written) to be published or used : to make changes, correct mistakes, etc., in (something written)
: to prepare (a film, recording, photo, etc.) to be seen or heard : to change, move, or remove parts of (a film, recording, photo, etc.)
: to be in charge of the publication of (something)


ed·​it | \ ˈe-dət How to pronounce edit (audio) \
edited; editing

Kids Definition of edit

1 : to correct, revise, and get ready for publication : collect and arrange material to be printed I'm editing a book of poems.
2 : to be in charge of the publication of something (as an encyclopedia or a newspaper) that is the work of many writers

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