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[ri-dakt] /rɪˈdækt/
verb (used with object)
to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.
to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).
to hide or remove (confidential parts of a text) before publication or distribution, or to examine (a text) for this purpose:
The account number has been redacted from the top of the statement.
Origin of redact
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin redāctus (past participle of redigere to lead back), equivalent to red- red- + āctus, past participle of agere to lead; see act
Related forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
unredacted, adjective
Can be confused
redact, revise. Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc)
to put (a literary work, etc) into appropriate form for publication; edit
Derived Forms
redaction, noun
redactional, adjective
redactor, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin redigere to bring back, from red-re- + agere to drive
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Word Origin and History for redaction

"editing for publication," 1785, from French rédaction "a compiling; a working over, editing; editorial staff" (late 17c.), from Late Latin redact-, past participle stem of redigere (see redact). Meaning "a redacted version" is from 1810. Earlier it meant "a driving back" (1620s).



early 15c., "bring into organized form," from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere "to drive back, force back; bring back; collect, call in; bring down, reduce," from re- "back, again" (see re-) + agere "to drive" (see act (n.)). Specific meaning "arrange, edit" is from 1851.

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