paraphrase

[par-uh-freyz]

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.

Nearby words

  1. paraphasia,
  2. paraphernalia,
  3. paraphia,
  4. paraphilia,
  5. paraphimosis,
  6. paraphrasis,
  7. paraphrast,
  8. paraphrastic,
  9. paraphyletic,
  10. paraphysis

Origin of paraphrase

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

SYNONYMS FOR paraphrase
1. See translation. 3. summarize; explain.

Related formspar·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

paraphrase

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 Formsparaphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paraphrase

C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount

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Word Origin and History for para-phrase
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Culture definitions for para-phrase

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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