To redact is to arrange or edit text in a written document. Don't get too attached to every word in your rough draft; your teacher will expect you to redact it before handing in your final paper.

Redact refers to any kind revising or editing that makes a document better, usually for publication. When you see the prefix re-, you know the word is going to refer to something either being done again or retracted. You can think of redact as redoing writing or taking back some of what was originally said. You'll often see the word redact being used with the prepositions in or into. You might take several documents and redact them into a single one.

Definitions of redact
  1. verb
    formulate in a particular style or language
    synonyms: cast, couch, frame, put
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    type of:
    articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
    put into words or an expression
  2. verb
    prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
    synonyms: edit
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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
  3. noun
    someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication
    synonyms: redactor, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter
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    abbreviator, abridger
    one who shortens or abridges or condenses a written work
    type of:
    editor, editor in chief
    a person responsible for the editorial aspects of publication; the person who determines the final content of a text (especially of a newspaper or magazine)
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