[ par-uh-freyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌfreɪz /
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.
Words nearby paraphrase
Origin of paraphrase
OTHER WORDS FROM paraphrasepar·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 para-phrase
/ (ˈpærəˌfreɪz) /
an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
the practice of making paraphrases
to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
Derived forms of paraphraseparaphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective
Word Origin for paraphrase
C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount
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Cultural definitions for para-phrase
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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