verb (used with object), re·phrased, re·phras·ing.

to phrase again or differently: He rephrased the statement to give it less formality.

Origin of rephrase

First recorded in 1890–95; re- + phrase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rephrase

reword, paraphrase, recast

Examples from the Web for rephrase

Contemporary Examples of rephrase

  • Let me rephrase that argument in a way that will illustrate what I think is wrong with it.

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    The Public Health Case Against Pot

    David Frum

    December 27, 2012

  • He now offers a rephrase: "I don't mean the Shoah, I mean the multiple deaths of Americans that are going on in a tragic way."

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    The New King of Congress

    Bryan Curtis

    November 28, 2010

  • So let me rephrase that: Some of the deficit hawks are killing us.

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    Let's Start Spending

    Robert H. Frank

    July 20, 2010

Historical Examples of rephrase

British Dictionary definitions for rephrase



(tr) to phrase again, esp so as to express more clearly
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Word Origin and History for rephrase

1872, from re- "again" + phrase (v.). Related: Rephrased; rephrasing.

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