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paraphrase

[par-uh-freyz] /ˈpær əˌfreɪz/
noun
1.
a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
2.
the act or process of restating or rewording.
verb (used with object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
3.
to render the meaning of in a paraphrase:
to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.
verb (used without object), paraphrased, paraphrasing.
4.
to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.
Origin of paraphrase
1540-1550
1540-50; < Middle French < Latin paraphrasis < Greek paráphrasis. See para-1, phrase
Related forms
paraphrasable, adjective
paraphraser, noun
misparaphrase, verb, misparaphrased, misparaphrasing.
unparaphrased, adjective
Synonyms
1. See translation. 3. summarize; explain.
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Examples from the Web for paraphraser
Historical Examples
  • Emerson assumes that the reader is alert and knowing; the paraphraser, that he is a little inattentive and a little dull.

  • Madame Tastu was also a translator, or rather a paraphraser, and an author of original poems of a sentimental kind.

  • Mrs. Wister is an excellent example of what might more correctly be called a “paraphraser” than a “translator.”

  • The paraphraser is now forced to appeal to a public intellectually lower than that he formerly addressed.

British Dictionary definitions for paraphraser

paraphrase

/ˈpærəˌfreɪz/
noun
1.
an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2.
the practice of making paraphrases
verb
3.
to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
Derived Forms
paraphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount
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Word Origin and History for paraphraser

paraphrase

v.

c.1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing.

paraphrase

n.

1540s, from Middle French paraphrase (1520s), from Latin paraphrasis "a paraphrase," from Greek paraphrasis "a free rendering," from paraphrazein "to tell in other words," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + phrazein "to tell" (see phrase (n.)).

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paraphraser in Culture

paraphrase definition


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.

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