[verb ree-rahyt; noun ree-rahyt]
- to write in a different form or manner; revise: to rewrite the entire book.
- to write again.
- to write (news submitted by a reporter) for inclusion in a newspaper.
- the news story rewritten.
- something written in a different form or manner; revision: They loved the rewrite, and said it would be a blockbuster!
Origin of rewrite
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Examples from the Web for rewrite
It would take hours more for staff to rewrite their report for higher-ups in D.C.The Intern Who Birthed The KAL007 Conspiracy Theories
September 8, 2014
I recently wrote an entire book about how Thomas Jefferson wanted each generation to rewrite the American Constitution.Smoke ‘Em If You Got A Good Story About ‘Em
June 6, 2014
Anyway, Gene and I worked very hard and the rewrite took about three months.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
If you start the story about your buddy, you better be prepared to rewrite flirty section on the fly.Michael Sam Is Not a ‘Distraction’
February 12, 2014
When you were offered Anna in Frozen, you asked them to rewrite the role.Interview: Kristen Bell, Voiceover Queen, On ‘Frozen,’ ‘Veronica Mars,’ & More
December 18, 2013
Lieutenant Willis, you will see each of the men and tell them they must rewrite their letters.The Long Roll
These two sentences are so faulty that the only way to mend them is to rewrite them.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
In the mornings he was given a few short clippings to rewrite and that was all.
"Grab a typewriter and rewrite these," he said, handing the clippings to John.
"I shall have to ask you to rewrite that last page," she said regretfully.Mary Ware's Promised Land
Annie Fellows Johnston
- to write (written material) again, esp changing the words or form
- computing to return (data) to a store when it has been erased during reading
- something rewritten
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Word Origin and History for rewrite
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