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[ri-dakt] /rɪˈdækt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.
2.
to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin redāctus (past participle of redigere to lead back), equivalent to red- red- + āctus, past participle of agere to lead; see act
Related forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
unredacted, adjective
Can be confused
redact, revise.
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British Dictionary definitions for red-act

redact

/rɪˈdækt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc)
2.
to put (a literary work, etc) into appropriate form for publication; edit
Derived Forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin redigere to bring back, from red-re- + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for red-act

redact

v.

early 15c., "bring into organized form," from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere "to drive back, force back; bring back; collect, call in; bring down, reduce," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Specific meaning "arrange, edit" is from 1851.

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