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verb (used with object)
  1. to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.

  2. to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication.

  1. to revise or correct, as a manuscript.

  2. to expunge; eliminate (often followed by out): The author has edited out all references to his own family.

  3. to add (usually followed by in).

  4. to prepare (motion-picture film, video or magnetic tape) by deleting, arranging, and splicing, by synchronizing the sound record with the film, etc.

  5. Genetics. to alter the arrangement of (genes).

  6. Computers. to modify or add to (data or text).

  1. an instance of or the work of editing: automated machinery that allows a rapid edit of incoming news.

Origin of edit

1785–95; 1915–20 for def. 6; partly back formation from editor, partly <French éditer<Latin ēditus published (past participle of ēdere to give out), equivalent to ē-e-1 + -ditus combining form of datus given; cf. datum

Other words from edit

  • mis·ed·it, verb (used with object)
  • o·ver·ed·it, verb
  • re·ed·it, verb (used with object)
  • un·ed·it·ed, adjective
  • well-ed·it·ed, adjective

Words Nearby edit

Other definitions for edit. (2 of 2)


  1. edited.

  2. edition.

  1. editor.

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How to use edit in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for edit


/ (ˈɛdɪt) /

  1. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc

  2. to be in charge of (a publication, esp a periodical): he edits the local newspaper

  1. to prepare (a film, tape, etc) by rearrangement, selection, or rejection of previously filmed or taped material

  2. (tr) to modify (a computer file) by, for example, deleting, inserting, moving, or copying text

  3. (often foll by out) to remove (incorrect or unwanted matter), as from a manuscript or film

  1. informal an act of editing: give the book a final edit

Origin of edit

C18: back formation from editor

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