Word of the Day Archive
Tuesday November 28, 2006
redact \rih-DAKT\ , transitive verb:
1. To draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.); to put in writing.
2. To make ready and put in shape for publication; to edit.
The authors have obtained a copy of this memo, albeit redacted.
-- John F. Kelly and Phillip K. Wearne, Tainting Evidence
White sat down to write or re-write or redact whatever one does to a twenty-year accumulation of episodes.
-- Gerald Weales, "The Designs of E. B. White", New York Times, May 24, 1970
Redact derives from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere, to drive back, from re-, red-, "again, back" + agere, "to put in motion, to drive."