- 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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Related Words for paraphraserscholar, artist, writer, philosopher, linguist, commentator, exponent, editor, spokesperson, professor, guide, critic, speaker, delegate, reviewer, analyst, expositor, decoder, exegete, biographer
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Historical Examples of paraphraser
Emerson assumes that the reader is alert and knowing; the paraphraser, that he is a little inattentive and a little dull.A History of American Literature
Percy H. Boynton
Madame Tastu was also a translator, or rather a paraphraser, and an author of original poems of a sentimental kind.A Short History of French Literature
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.”
- 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 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.