[ ri-dakt ]
See synonyms for: redactredacted on

verb (used with object)
  1. to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.

  2. to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).

  1. to edit (text) so as to remove or hide confidential or sensitive information: His account number has been redacted from the top of the statement.

Origin of redact

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin redāctus (past participle of redigere “to lead back”), equivalent to red- red- + āctus, past participle of agere “to drive, move, lead”; see act

Other words from redact

  • re·dac·tion, noun
  • re·dac·tor, noun

Words that may be confused with redact

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How to use redact in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for redact


/ (rɪˈdækt) /

  1. to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc)

  2. to put (a literary work, etc) into appropriate form for publication; edit

Origin of redact

C15: from Latin redigere to bring back, from red- re- + agere to drive

Derived forms of redact

  • redaction, noun
  • redactional, adjective
  • redactor, noun

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