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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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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 rewrote



"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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