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

v formulate in a particular style or language

cast, couch, frame, put
Type of:
articulate, formulate, give voice, phrase, word
put into words or an expression

v prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting

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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

n someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication

redactor, reviser, rewrite man, rewriter
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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