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[ed-it] /ˈɛd ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication.
to revise or correct, as a manuscript.
to expunge; eliminate (often followed by out):
The author has edited out all references to his own family.
to add (usually followed by in).
to prepare (motion-picture film, video or magnetic tape) by deleting, arranging, and splicing, by synchronizing the sound record with the film, etc.
Genetics. to alter the arrangement of (genes).
Computers. to modify or add to (data or text).
an instance of or the work of editing:
automated machinery that allows a rapid edit of incoming news.
Origin of edit
1785-95; 1915-20 for def 6; partly back formation from editor, partly < French éditer < Latin ēditus published (past participle of ēdere to give out), equivalent to ē- e-1 + -ditus combining form of datus given; cf. datum
Related forms
misedit, verb (used with object)
overedit, verb
reedit, verb (used with object)
unedited, adjective
well-edited, adjective


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Examples from the web for edit
  • Certainly it is easier to edit and rewrite papers electronically than with pencil and eraser.
  • We also edit the articles that appear in this space.
  • When you are certain that an edit is misguided, grant that your editor was trying to fix a problem.
  • The idea that an online encyclopedia that anyone can edit can provide high-quality content is increasingly established.
  • Preview and edit your cover before you finalize your order.
  • Perhaps it hasn't yet been published but could be in edit stages.
  • Everything on screen is a computational video, meaning there is no loop point and it isn't a linear edit.
  • Most people would want to edit memories that impair them.
  • People can edit their movies on-the-fly without making tweaks and then waiting for the movie to render and reflect those changes.
  • But the same way you do not edit quotes, you should not edit photos.
British Dictionary definitions for edit


verb (transitive)
to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc
to be in charge of (a publication, esp a periodical): he edits the local newspaper
to prepare (a film, tape, etc) by rearrangement, selection, or rejection of previously filmed or taped material
(transitive) to modify (a computer file) by, for example, deleting, inserting, moving, or copying text
(often foll by out) to remove (incorrect or unwanted matter), as from a manuscript or film
(informal) an act of editing: give the book a final edit
Word Origin
C18: back formation from editor
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Word Origin and History for edit

1791, perhaps a back-formation from editor, or from French éditer, or from Latin editus, past participle of edere (see edition). Related: Edited; editing. As a noun, by 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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edit in Technology

Use of some kind of editor program to modify a document. Also used to refer to the modification itself, e.g. "my last edit only made things worse".
To edit something usually implies that the changes will persist for some time, usually by saving the edited document to a file, though one might open an editor, create a new document in memory, print it and exit without saving it to disk.
Editing is normally done by a human but see, e.g., sed.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for edit


  1. edition
  2. editor
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