paraphrasable

paraphrase

[par-uh-freyz]
noun
1.
a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
2.
the act or process of restating or rewording.
verb (used with object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
3.
to render the meaning of in a paraphrase: to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.
verb (used without object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
4.
to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.

Origin:
1540–50; < Middle French < Latin paraphrasis < Greek paráphrasis. See para-1, phrase

paraphrasable, adjective
paraphraser, noun
misparaphrase, verb, misparaphrased, misparaphrasing.
unparaphrased, adjective


1. See translation. 3. summarize; explain.
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paraphrase (ˈpærəˌfreɪz)
 
n
1.  an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2.  the practice of making paraphrases
 
vb
3.  to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
 
[C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount]
 
paraphrastic
 
adj

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paraphrase
1548, from M.Fr. paraphrase (1525), from L. paraphrasis "a paraphrase," from Gk. paraphrasis, from paraphrazein "to tell in other words," from para- "beside" + phrazein "to tell" (see phrase). The verb is 1606, from the noun.
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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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