|1.||an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify|
|2.||the practice of making paraphrases|
|3.||to put (something) into other words; restate (something)|
|[C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount]|
A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.