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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 editing
  • Seems as though the producers of the show practiced some pretty unethical editing practices.
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  • Users can add or remove maps from the layer using the editing tool on the extension tool bar.
  • Making a film no longer required film or the painstaking process of editing reel or tape together.
  • Cohn's work has been recognized with a variety of national awards for editing and writing.
  • Most journalists would be lucky to have such high-quality instant editing.
  • It wasn't that she did heavy editing in any way, but it was incredible.
  • Tells about the painstaking process of editing the hundreds of takes into a finished recording.
  • Ultimately, editing turns out to be even more nerve-racking than recording.
British Dictionary definitions for editing


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for editing



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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