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rephrase

[ree-freyz] /riˈfreɪz/
verb (used with object), rephrased, rephrasing.
1.
to phrase again or differently:
He rephrased the statement to give it less formality.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; re- + phrase
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Examples 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

rephrase

/riːˈfreɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to phrase again, esp so as to express more clearly
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Word Origin and History for rephrase
v.

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

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