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[ree-freyz] /riˈfreɪz/
verb (used with object), rephrased, rephrasing.
to phrase again or differently:
He rephrased the statement to give it less formality.
Origin of rephrase
1890-95; re- + phrase Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for rephrase
  • So let's rephrase the question to see what the researchers really studied.
  • However, to play on an even field, let me rephrase the question to you.
  • And that confuses me a little bit, so let me rephrase the question.
  • Did you ever receive--not rephrase it, but restate the question.
  • Let me rephrase that: there is nothing wrong with taking steroids.
  • Or, as is more common, you can rephrase by repeating what the speaker said in fewer words than he or she used.
  • Ask the attorney to rephrase the question if you do not understand the question.
  • The court may rephrase or reword questions from jurors to witnesses.
  • If you are speaking with an individual with a cognitive disability, you may need to repeat or rephrase what you say.
  • Both of you should restate information in your own words, and rephrase what is not clear.
British Dictionary definitions for rephrase


(transitive) to phrase again, esp so as to express more clearly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for rephrase

1872, from re- "again" + phrase (v.). Related: Rephrased; rephrasing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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