paraphrase

[ par-uh-freyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌfreɪz /

noun

a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
the act or process of restating or rewording.

verb (used with object), par·a·phrased, par·a·phras·ing.

to render the meaning of in a paraphrase: to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.

verb (used without object), par·a·phrased, par·a·phras·ing.

to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.

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Origin of paraphrase

1540–50; from Middle French, from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek paráphrasis. See para-1, phrase

SYNONYMS FOR paraphrase

synonym study for paraphrase

1. See translation.

OTHER WORDS FROM paraphrase

par·a·phras·a·ble, adjectivepar·a·phras·er, nounmis·par·a·phrase, verb, mis·par·a·phrased, mis·par·a·phras·ing.un·par·a·phrased, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for paraphrase

paraphrase
/ (ˈpærəˌfreɪz) /

noun

an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
the practice of making paraphrases

verb

to put (something) into other words; restate (something)

Derived forms of paraphrase

paraphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paraphrase

C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Cultural definitions for paraphrase

paraphrase

A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.

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