[verb ree-rahyt; noun ree-rahyt]

verb (used with object), re·wrote, re·writ·ten, re·writ·ing.

to write in a different form or manner; revise: to rewrite the entire book.
to write again.
to write (news submitted by a reporter) for inclusion in a newspaper.


the news story rewritten.
something written in a different form or manner; revision: They loved the rewrite, and said it would be a blockbuster!

Origin of rewrite

First recorded in 1560–70; re- + write
Related formsre·writ·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for rewrite

edit, rework, rephrase, reword, recast, redraft

Examples from the Web for rewrite

Contemporary Examples of rewrite

Historical Examples of rewrite

  • Lieutenant Willis, you will see each of the men and tell them they must rewrite their letters.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • These two sentences are so faulty that the only way to mend them is to rewrite them.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • In the mornings he was given a few short clippings to rewrite and that was all.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • "Grab a typewriter and rewrite these," he said, handing the clippings to John.

    Spring Street

    James H. Richardson

  • "I shall have to ask you to rewrite that last page," she said regretfully.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land

    Annie Fellows Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for rewrite


verb (riːˈraɪt) -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written (tr)

to write (written material) again, esp changing the words or form
computing to return (data) to a store when it has been erased during reading

noun (ˈriːˌraɪt)

something rewritten
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Word Origin and History for rewrite

"to write again," 1560s, from re- "back, again" + write (v.). Related: Rewrote; rewritten; rewriting. Journalistic rewrite man is recorded from 1901. As a noun from 1926.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper