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paraphrase

[ par-uh-freyz ]
/ ˈpær əˌfreɪz /
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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.
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Origin of paraphrase

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

synonym study for paraphrase

1. See translation.

OTHER WORDS FROM paraphrase

par·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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How to use paraphrase in a sentence

  • The paraphraser is now forced to appeal to a public intellectually lower than that he formerly addressed.

  • Mrs. Wister is an excellent example of what might more correctly be called a “paraphraser” than a “translator.”

  • Madame Tastu was also a translator, or rather a paraphraser, and an author of original poems of a sentimental kind.

  • Emerson assumes that the reader is alert and knowing; the paraphraser, that he is a little inattentive and a little dull.

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 forms of paraphrase

paraphrastic (ˌpærəˈfræstɪk), adjective

Word Origin for paraphrase

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

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.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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