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.
- 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
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How to use paraphrase in a sentence
When Obsessive Loser Duncan Stevens suggested examples for this contest — one of several Shakespeare-centered challenges he’s proposed — I told him that I wanted to stick to modern paraphrases, rather than taking him humorously out of context.
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 | Bill Schulz | October 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
To paraphrase Fox Friends, don't get caught beating women on camera and you're safe to play in the NFL.
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 | James Kirchick | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Arthur Chu | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
A man may weep and weep, to paraphrase Shakespeare, "and be a villain!"South American Fights and Fighters | Cyrus Townsend Brady
The omissions are the most sensible that I have found in a paraphrase.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
This is not paraphrase; it is sheer misapprehension of the Old English.The Translations of Beowulf | Chauncey Brewster Tinker
As the language in which it is written is not easily intelligible, I have added a paraphrase on the opposite pages.Ballads of Mystery and Miracle and Fyttes of Mirth | Frank Sidgwick
Instead of "Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion," we have the paraphrase, "That maketh and transformeth all things."The Astronomy of the Bible | E. Walter Maunder
British Dictionary definitions for paraphrase
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)
- paraphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for 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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