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[ri-vahyz] /rɪˈvaɪz/
verb (used with object), revised, revising.
to amend or alter:
to revise one's opinion.
to alter something already written or printed, in order to make corrections, improve, or update:
to revise a manuscript.
British. to review (previously studied materials) in preparation for an examination.
an act of revising.
a revised form of something; revision.
Printing. a proof sheet taken after alterations have been made, for further examination or correction.
Origin of revise
1560-70; < Latin revīsere to look back at, revisit, frequentative of revidēre to see again; see review
Related forms
revisable, revisible, adjective
revisability, noun
reviser, revisor, noun
prerevise, verb (used with object), prerevised, prerevising.
unrevised, adjective
well-revised, adjective
Can be confused
redact, revise.
1. change; emend, correct. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for revise
  • Editors at his company's journals sometimes contact authors to ask them to revise their work or correct their citations.
  • It gives us a chance to correct mistakes and revise opinions.
  • Write down a shot list before a trip and take time every night to add to and revise it.
  • Explain that reading nonfiction texts can help them add to, and sometimes revise, what they already know.
  • Telescopes have played a big role in helping us revise our models of how the universe works.
  • Have students revise and then publish or present their journal entries.
  • Now that we've read the story, let's revise our main idea and make it more specific.
  • Landon favors a nonpartisan com- mission of experts to revise the bank- ing laws.
  • We can't revise what happened, but there are different versions of the story available to us.
  • And that serves as a check on publishers, who know that if they revise too frequently they could end up losing sales.
British Dictionary definitions for revise


(transitive) to change, alter, or amend: to revise one's opinion
(Brit) to reread (a subject or notes on it) so as to memorize it, esp in preparation for an examination
(transitive) to prepare a new version or edition of (a previously printed work)
the act, process, or result of revising; revision
Derived Forms
revisable, adjective
revisal, noun
reviser, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin revīsere to look back at, from re- + vīsere to inspect, from vidēre to see; see review, visit
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Word Origin and History for revise

1560s, "to look at again," from Middle French reviser (13c.), from Latin revisere "look at again, visit again, look back on," frequentative of revidere (past participle revisus), from re- "again" (see re-) + videre "to see" (see vision). Meaning "to look over again with intent to improve or amend" is recorded from 1590s. Related: Revised; revising.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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