- 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.
- to render the meaning of in a paraphrase: to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.
- to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.
Origin of paraphrase
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Examples from the Web for paraphrase
To paraphrase Peter Tosh, if Illinois were to legalize it, would you advertise it?The Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah Sounds Off on Weed, the Weather, and Winning
October 19, 2014
To paraphrase the renegade philosopher Hannibal, I love it when science comes together.Glaciers Lose 204 Billion Tons of Ice in Three Years
Matthew R. Francis
October 5, 2014
To paraphrase Fox Friends, don't get caught beating women on camera and you're safe to play in the NFL.The NFL Is Full of Ray Rices
September 9, 2014
Barry Goldwater is not the sort of man you might expect Stephen F. Cohen to paraphrase.Meet the Anti-Semites, Truthers, and Alaska Pol at D.C.’s Pro-Putin Soiree
June 17, 2014
To paraphrase the great John Oliver, listen up, fellow self-pitying nerd boys—we are not the victims here.Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Misogyny, Entitlement, and Nerds
May 27, 2014
It was really only a paraphrase of the old story of the grub and the butterfly.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
The paraphrase which has just been given of it goes beyond the actual words of Plato.The Republic
“She is so nervous,” Maria said loyally, but her paraphrase availed nothing.Olive in Italy
"It was a paraphrase," he answered, the smile still upon his face.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
He is not disturbed by the diversity of methods exhibited in the Paraphrase.Early Theories of Translation
Flora Ross Amos
- 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)
Word Origin and History for paraphrase
c.1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing.
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.