edit

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.

Primary Meanings of edit

1.
v
prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
2.
v
supervise the publication of
Full Definitions of edit
1

v 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
Types:
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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

v 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
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v cut or eliminate

“she edited the juiciest scenes”
Synonyms:
blue-pencil, delete
Type of:
censor
subject to political, religious, or moral censorship
2

v supervise the publication of

“The same family has been editing the influential newspaper for almost 100 years”
Type of:
bring out, issue, publish, put out, release
prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

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