SYNONYMS | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of paraphrase 1540–50;
phrase Related forms par·a·phras·a·ble, adjective par·a·phras·er, noun mis·par·a·phrase, verb, mis·par·a·phrased, mis·par·a·phras·ing. un·par·a·phrased, adjective Synonyms for paraphrase 1
. summarize; explain.
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British Dictionary definitions for paraphrasable 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 paraphrastic ( 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 paraphrasable v.
paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing. n.
1540s, from Middle French
paraphrase (1520s), from Latin paraphrasis "a paraphrase," from Greek paraphrasis "a free rendering," from paraphrazein "to tell in other words," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + phrazein "to tell" (see phrase (n.)).
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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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