[ verb ree-rahyt; noun ree-rahyt ]
See synonyms for: rewriterewrittenrewrote on

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.

  1. to write (news submitted by a reporter) for inclusion in a newspaper.

  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!

Origin of rewrite

First recorded in 1560–70; re- + write

Other words from rewrite

  • re·writ·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use rewrite in a sentence

  • She said it was as if one rewrote the fairy tales and made the fairies not fairies but only clever conjurers.

    Passing By | Maurice Baring
  • A long time after its delivery, Mr. Lincoln, at the urgent request of friends, rewrote it and affixed his signature.

    The Blue and The Gray | A. R. White
  • Dolly muttered something about people who were too particular, but rewrote her menu docilely.

    Living on a Little | Caroline French Benton
  • She took another sheet of paper and patiently rewrote all that was on the sheets she had just burned.

    Mary Ware's Promised Land | Annie Fellows Johnston
  • Sitting up late into the night, Hartley rewrote his article on Cordelia Vaughan.

    The Silver Poppy | Arthur Stringer

British Dictionary definitions for rewrite


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

  1. something rewritten

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