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.

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 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 Formsparaphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paraphrase

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