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[v. ree-rahyt; n. ree-rahyt] /v. riˈraɪt; n. ˈriˌraɪt/
verb (used with object), rewrote, rewritten, rewriting.
to write in a different form or manner; revise:
to rewrite the entire book.
to write again.
to write (news submitted by a reporter) for inclusion in a newspaper.
the news story rewritten.
something written in a different form or manner; revision.
Origin of rewrite
1560-70; re- + write
Related forms
rewriter, noun Unabridged
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  • We understand about the modern version of the book being a rewrite.
  • They began to rewrite history, steal from others, and it worked.
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  • And that would support a rewrite of the animal tree.
  • And every once in a while, a whole chapter gets a rewrite.
  • In fact, the first couple of sentences in that paragraph need a complete rewrite.
  • They will also make it harder for partisan hacks to rewrite the story for political advantage.
  • Certainly it is easier to edit and rewrite papers electronically than with pencil and eraser.
  • Nevertheless there are powerful voices in the land which would rewrite history and undermine these revolutionary principles.
  • He seems content to rewrite history a bit more slowly than the younger generation.
British Dictionary definitions for rewrite


verb (transitive) (riːˈraɪt) -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written
to write (written material) again, esp changing the words or form
(computing) to return (data) to a store when it has been erased during reading
noun (ˈriːˌraɪt)
something rewritten
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Word Origin and History for rewrite

"to write again," 1560s, from re- "back, again" + write (v.). Related: Rewrote; rewritten; rewriting. Journalistic rewrite man is recorded from 1901. As a noun from 1926.

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