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

First recorded in 1890–95; re- + phrase
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  1. (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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