[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!

Nearby words

  1. reword,
  2. rework,
  3. reworked fossil,
  4. reworked wool,
  5. rewound,
  6. rewrite rule,
  7. rewriteman,
  8. rewriteperson,
  9. rex,
  10. rex begonia

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

Examples from the Web for rewritten

British Dictionary definitions for rewritten


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 rewritten



"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.

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