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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.
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 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for edited
  • In some cases these accounts are edited versions of a spoken interview.
  • The expansive space contains a well-edited mix of antiques and creatively reclaimed furnishings and collectibles.
  • These dispatches are edited versions of e-mail reports sent from the field.
  • All boundaries and labels can be edited, but please use caution when doing so.
  • The wide public acceptance of the periodical which he edited naturally brought a share of financial success to him.
  • The magazine emerged, yellow covered, the maiden number edited by the four of them in vortices of energy.
  • We present edited excerpts, below, because they are deeply troubling if true.
  • When investigators demanded footage, she gave them one of these edited videos.
  • Another approach would be to give incentives for people to get their work edited, or indeed to make it mandatory.
  • Anecdotally, authors bemoan fights to keep caveats in place as chapters are edited, refined and summarised.
British Dictionary definitions for edited


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 edited



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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