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 rephrasing

reword, paraphrase, recast

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British Dictionary definitions for rephrasing



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



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

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