When you rewrite something, you start from scratch, writing it again to improve it. You might decide to rewrite a poem after your entire poetry class seems confused by your original version.

A newspaper editor might instruct a reporter to rewrite her story, approaching it from a new angle or including more interviews. To rewrite something is to edit it, but the word implies making significant changes — or even starting all over again with a blank piece of paper or computer screen. You can call the new version itself a rewrite too. In journalism, it was once common for a "rewrite man" to work crafting new stories out of other people's reporting.

Definitions of rewrite

v write differently; alter the writing of

“The student rewrote his thesis”
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decipher, decode, decrypt
convert code into ordinary language
transcribe, transliterate
rewrite in a different script
make a phonetic transcription of
make revisions in
Latinise, Latinize, Romanise, Romanize
write in the Latin alphabet
transcribe in braille
make amendments to
Type of:
communicate or express by writing

v rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose

Type of:
compose, indite, pen, write
produce a literary work

n something that has been written again

“the rewrite was much better”
rescript, revision
Type of:
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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