When you make a revision, you go about editing or rethinking whatever it is you're working on. So that paper on Donald Duck's influence in national politics? It could probably use a revision or two.

The word revision is made up of re, as in "repeat" or "redo," and vision. So you can think of a revision as a redo of your original vision. It's related to the word revise, which is the act of making changes to something original. Just about anything can get revised, from a script that needs rewrites to a wardrobe with some questionable pieces.

Definitions of revision

n the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

“it would require a drastic revision of his opinion”
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distraction, misdirection
the act of distracting; drawing someone's attention away from something
the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)
the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea
an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government
metamorphosis, transfiguration
a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
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transformation, translation
the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

n the act of rewriting something

rescript, revisal, revise
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revising, rewriting
editing that involves writing something again

n something that has been written again

rescript, rewrite
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piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

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