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[verb ree-rahyt; noun ree-rahyt] /verb riˈraɪt; noun ˈriˌraɪt/
verb (used with object), rewrote, rewritten, rewriting.
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
First recorded in 1560-70; re- + write
Related forms
rewriter, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When we rewrite this sentence we have, Millions of modern men do live more miserably than the cave-man lived.

    Plain English Marian Wharton
  • I know all these details of his story, because it fell to me to rewrite it.

    The Escape of Mr. Trimm Irvin S. Cobb
  • It is very corrupt, both girls being called Kate, and I have had largely to rewrite.

  • Dumont offered to rewrite and to superintend their publication.

  • rewrite Mr. Shaw's article so as to place the sentence which now begins the selection at the end.

    Expository Writing Mervin James Curl
British Dictionary definitions for rewrite


verb (transitive) (riːˈraɪt) -writes, -writing, -wrote, -written
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
noun (ˈriːˌraɪt)
something rewritten
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Word Origin and History for rewrite

"to write again," 1560s, from re- "back, again" + write (v.). Related: Rewrote; rewritten; rewriting. Journalistic rewrite man is recorded from 1901. As a noun from 1926.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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