The verb edit means to prepare writing for publication by correcting, revising, or proofreading. If you write for a newspaper, someone very skilled will edit your work before the public sees it.

Edit can also mean to cut out. If you edit out all the references to Harry Potter from the famous series, you'll be left with much shorter books. Edit likely comes from the noun editor, meaning the person in charge of a final version of a text. You might also hear edit used when referring to video or film. If you edit a television show, for example, you assemble pieces of video or film footage to create a complete program.

Definitions of edit
  1. verb
    prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
    Edit a book on lexical semantics”
    “she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages”
    synonyms: redact
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    alter, falsify, interpolate
    insert words into texts, often falsifying it thereby
    cut up, hack
    significantly cut up a manuscript
    black out
    suppress by censorship as for political reasons
    blank out
    cut out, as for political reasons
    copyedit, copyread, subedit
    edit and correct (written or printed material)
    bracket, bracket out
    place into brackets
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    cut and assemble the components of
    edit film”
    synonyms: cut, edit out
    abbreviate, abridge, contract, cut, foreshorten, reduce, shorten
    reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
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    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    cut or eliminate
    “she edited the juiciest scenes”
    synonyms: blue-pencil, delete
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    type of:
    subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
  4. verb
    supervise the publication of
    “The same family has been editing the influential newspaper for almost 100 years”
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    type of:
    bring out, issue, publish, put out, release
    prepare and issue for public distribution or sale
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