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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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  • Would you restate the question, or rephrase it, whichever you wish to do?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • "Please repeat or rephrase your question," suggested Judge Carter.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
  • He had to rephrase the question and repeat it several times before the dawn man understood.

    The Lost Warship Robert Moore Williams
  • This paraffin that you place on the hand—I will rephrase this a little bit.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • You must also be prepared to rephrase and remold some of the points in order to get at the most important aspects of the case.

    The Making of Arguments J. H. Gardiner
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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