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1 prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting; "Edit a a book on lexical semantics"; "she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages" [syn: redact]
2 supervise the publication of; "The same family has been editing the influential newspaper for almost 100 years"
3 cut and assemble the components of; "edit film"; "cut recording tape" [syn: cut, edit out]
4 cut or eliminate; "she edited the juiciest scenes" [syn: blue-pencil, delete]

User Contributed Dictionary



, influenced by French éditer ‘edit, publish’.



  1. A change to the text of a document.


a change to the text of a document


  1. To change a text, or a document.
    I want to edit the picture to remove the red eye.
    Wikipedia is an interactive encyclopedia which allows anybody to edit and improve articles.

Derived terms

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to change a text, or a document


Extensive Definition

Edit means to revise, correct, or improve, and may also refer to:

See also

edit in German: Edit
edit in Dutch: Edit
edit in Simple English: Edit

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abbreviate, abridge, adapt, alter, amend, annotate, arrange, assemble, blip, blot out, blue-pencil, bowdlerize, cancel, censor, change, clean up, comment upon, commentate, compile, compress, condense, copy, copy out, correct, crop, cross out, cut, cut out, delete, draft, draw up, edit out, emend, emendate, enface, engross, erase, expunge, expurgate, gloss, inscribe, kill, make a recension, make an edition, make out, modify, omit, order, organize, pen, pencil, polish, prepare, push the pen, put in writing, recense, record, rectify, redact, redraft, reduce, remark upon, reorder, reorganize, rephrase, rescind, revamp, revise, rework, rewrite, rub out, scribe, scrive, scroll, select, shorten, spill ink, spoil paper, strike, strike off, strike out, style, superscribe, touch up, trace, transcribe, type, void, work over, write, write down, write out
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