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[par-uh-freyz] /ˈpær əˌfreɪz/
a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
the act or process of restating or rewording.
verb (used with object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
to render the meaning of in a paraphrase:
to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.
verb (used without object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.
Origin of paraphrase
1540-50; < Middle French < Latin paraphrasis < Greek paráphrasis. See para-1, phrase
Related forms
paraphrasable, adjective
paraphraser, noun
misparaphrase, verb, misparaphrased, misparaphrasing.
unparaphrased, adjective
1. See translation. 3. summarize; explain. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for paraphrasing
  • Excerpting or paraphrasing at length, so the original sources doesn't get the traffic or the revenue, that's something else.
  • No other significance was attached to such paraphrasing.
  • Some still think that paraphrasing an idea is enough, and that they don't need to footnote.
  • They think they are paraphrasing and they are attributing the idea to the appropriate author.
  • The teacher instructed the first group in paraphrasing and self-verbalization techniques for an entire school year.
  • paraphrasing takes what the client has said and restates it in a nonjudgmental way.
  • Ask the interpreter to use the participant's own words rather than paraphrasing.
  • paraphrasing a concept once may be sufficient when comprehension is the only aim.
  • paraphrasing and restating also allows the client to correct any misunderstanding on the part of the counselor.
  • Investigates the effectiveness for improving reading comprehension of a three-step paraphrasing strategy.
British Dictionary definitions for paraphrasing


an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
the practice of making paraphrases
to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
Derived Forms
paraphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount
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Word Origin and History for paraphrasing



1540s, from Middle French paraphrase (1520s), from Latin paraphrasis "a paraphrase," from Greek paraphrasis "a free rendering," from paraphrazein "to tell in other words," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + phrazein "to tell" (see phrase (n.)).


c.1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing.

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paraphrasing in Culture

paraphrase definition

A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.

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