[ ree-freyz ]
See synonyms for: rephraserephrasing on

verb (used with object),re·phrased, re·phras·ing.
  1. to phrase again or differently: He rephrased the statement to give it less formality.

Origin of rephrase

First recorded in 1890–95; re- + phrase

Words Nearby rephrase Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use rephrase in a sentence

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

    Let's Start Spending | Robert H. Frank | July 20, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • He had to rephrase the question and repeat it several times before the dawn man understood.

    The Lost Warship | Robert Moore Williams
  • I would rephrase, in an attempt to connect knowledge and experience, "The limits of my experience are the limits of my world."

  • You must also be prepared to rephrase and remold some of the points in order to get at the most important aspects of the case.

    The Making of Arguments | J. H. Gardiner
  • "Please repeat or rephrase your question," suggested Judge Carter.

    The Fourth R | George Oliver Smith
  • Would you restate the question, or rephrase it, whichever you wish to do?

    Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15) | The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

British Dictionary definitions for rephrase


/ (riːˈfreɪz) /

  1. (tr) to phrase again, esp so as to express more clearly

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