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
  1. verb
    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
  2. verb
    rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose
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    compose, indite, pen, write
    produce a literary work
  3. noun
    something that has been written again
    “the rewrite was much better”
    synonyms: rescript, revision
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    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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