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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. 2018.
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  • Lieutenant Willis, you will see each of the men and tell them they must rewrite their letters.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • 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)
  • "Grab a typewriter and rewrite these," he said, handing the clippings to John.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • In the mornings he was given a few short clippings to rewrite and that was all.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • "I shall have to ask you to rewrite that last page," she said regretfully.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land Annie Fellows Johnston
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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