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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.
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 revising
  • As the convention drew near, he copied the whole on connected sheets, carefully revising every line and sentence.
  • It is no pleasure to me, in revising my volumes, to observe how much paper is wasted in confutation.
  • It is also revising its growth plans, hoping to reduce its vulnerabilities.
  • There is a precedent for revising a dinosaur's reputation.
  • He was deeply involved in writing it, revising it, and deciding how to get it to the president.
  • Some people are definitely open to changing any contrary evidence and revising their positions.
  • When evidence and models disagree, the models need revising, not the evidence.
  • My contribution apart from the story was revising the dialogue here and there as the film was being made, which was good to do.
  • But a few minutes of each hour is spent coming up with stories or revising scripts.
  • Still, revising the methods of such a genius is to diminish exactly what made his genius work.
British Dictionary definitions for revising


(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 revising



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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