- to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
- to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication.
- to revise or correct, as a manuscript.
- to expunge; eliminate (often followed by out): The author has edited out all references to his own family.
- to add (usually followed by in).
- to prepare (motion-picture film, video or magnetic tape) by deleting, arranging, and splicing, by synchronizing the sound record with the film, etc.
- Genetics. to alter the arrangement of (genes).
- Computers. to modify or add to (data or text).
- an instance of or the work of editing: automated machinery that allows a rapid edit of incoming news.
Origin of edit
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Examples from the Web for edit
Being there teaches you to think quickly, edit yourself, and not get too precious about your own work.
We just saw an edit of one called, “Doug Becomes A Feminist,” and I just really enjoyed watching it.
But after a while, the edit wars ended, and the article no longer had Einstein going to Albania.
WardsWiki (as it became known) allowed anyone to edit and contribute, without even needing a password.
The result was a new content management application that allowed users to edit and contribute to a Web page.
I'd rather be her husband than edit a dozen papers like yours.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
Why did I edit a newspaper, and plague myself with our time and its interests?Dreamers of the Ghetto
It was interesting, but I should have preferred to edit the recapitulation.Ten Thousand Miles with a Dog Sled
Dr. Rajendralal Mitra used to edit an illustrated monthly miscellany.My Reminiscences
I consented to edit it for half ownership, for I had an idea.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
- to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc
- to be in charge of (a publication, esp a periodical)he edits the local newspaper
- to prepare (a film, tape, etc) by rearrangement, selection, or rejection of previously filmed or taped material
- (tr) to modify (a computer file) by, for example, deleting, inserting, moving, or copying text
- (often foll by out) to remove (incorrect or unwanted matter), as from a manuscript or film
- informal an act of editinggive the book a final edit
C18: back formation from editor
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Word Origin and History for edit
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