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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paraphrase

in music, the appropriation of a phrase, melody, section, or entire piece for use in another, favoured especially during the Renaissance for masses and motets as well as for keyboard works. The original melody is not generally used as it appeared in its original context but rather is altered by interpolating new notes, by changing the rhythm or the melodic contour, or by condensing or elaborating melodic passages. A paraphrased melody may appear in one voice part of the new composition, as in the motet Alma redemptoris mater (Beloved Mother of the Redeemer) by Guillaume Dufay, or in all voice parts through the technique of melodic imitation, as in the Missa pange lingua (mass on the plainsong hymn "Pange lingua" ["Sing, My Tongue"]) by Josquin des Prez.

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Example sentences
If oppression is the system of rule, well, to paraphrase Gandhi better be
  oppressed by your own people than by others.
To paraphrase Freud, sometimes a car is just a car.
They're all run by -- to paraphrase Alsop delicately -- complete jerks.
To paraphrase an earlier 1955 picture and a television series that began in
  1967, love is indeed a many-splendored thing.
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