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[verb ree-rahyt; noun ree-rahyt]
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verb (used with object), re·wrote, re·writ·ten, re·writ·ing.
  1. to write in a different form or manner; revise: to rewrite the entire book.
  2. to write again.
  3. to write (news submitted by a reporter) for inclusion in a newspaper.
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  1. the news story rewritten.
  2. something written in a different form or manner; revision: They loved the rewrite, and said it would be a blockbuster!
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Origin of rewrite

First recorded in 1560–70; re- + write
Related formsre·writ·er, noun
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  • I have rewritten and finished it since, and it has had a surprising sale.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Of course, the articles will probably have to be rewritten in the office.

    Plotting in Pirate Seas

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler

  • But how many times had it been rewritten before that fair copy was prepared?

    The Bertrams

    Anthony Trollope

  • Translated from the second revised and rewritten German edition.

  • It was to be rewritten, as he knew, not by its author but by the Jewish people on their way to freedom.

    The Jewish State

    Theodor Herzl

British Dictionary definitions for rewritten


verb (riːˈraɪt) -writes, -writing, -wrote or -written (tr)
  1. to write (written material) again, esp changing the words or form
  2. computing to return (data) to a store when it has been erased during reading
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noun (ˈriːˌraɪt)
  1. 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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