- 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 paraphrasing
“We want bread and social justice,” she contends, paraphrasing the slogan of the revolt that toppled Mubarak.Egypt: The Revolution’s Last Stand
March 23, 2014
(I'm paraphrasing here) Why would anyone need an assault-style rifle anyway?The Newtown Heckling Controversy
January 30, 2013
Paraphrasing LBJ, McCain said: “I just wish one of them had run for county sheriff.”McCain's New Pal
April 6, 2011
I am but paraphrasing what was said recently by an Oxford professor.Waiting for Daylight
Henry Major Tomlinson
Paraphrasing is telling (speaking) the same thing in other words.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Paraphrasing the poet, “none knew him but to love him, none knew him but to praise.”The Wonderful Story of Lincoln
Charles M. Stevens
“The very best,” Dan declared, paraphrasing the book he had just been reading.Dan Carter and the Haunted Castle
Mildred A. Wirt
If we may take the liberty of paraphrasing the lines of the immortal bard.The Battle of The Press
Theophila Carlile Campbell
- 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 paraphrasing
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.