Definition of edit in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈedət/

verb (edits, editing, edited)

[with object]
1Prepare (written material) for publication by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it: Volume I was edited by J. Johnson
More example sentences
  • Feel free to use and edit the stuff I write, please.
  • At the moment I may not be too good at pumping out new material but I seem to find critiquing and editing old stuff okay.
  • If you're some kind of a writer you might come back to them at intervals in search of material, or to edit them for publication.
correct, check, copyedit, improve, emend, polish;
modify, adapt, revise, rewrite, reword, rework, redraft, rescript;
shorten, condense, cut, abridge
informal clean up, blue-pencil
1.1Choose material for (a movie or a radio or television program) and arrange it to form a coherent whole: the footage wasn’t good enough to be edited into broadcast form (as adjective edited) an edited version drawn from several prerecorded performances
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  • In some ways it almost feels like a much longer documentary designed for television that has been edited down for the cinema.
  • Theoretically, it is possible to shoot and edit a whole programme, in a matter of 2 days, for less than £1,000.
  • The maker said it had edited the programme according to its time slot and had not allowed school-age children to be featured.
1.2Change (text) on a computer.
Example sentences
  • Over the years I've used all kinds of software but a lot of the time I use my computer to edit text.
  • There's no sense in trying to write / edit your text online, on a slow, timed connection.
  • Although it uses an XML language format, the code will be pretty familiar to anyone who has worked with HTML to edit web pages.
1.3 (edit something out) Remove unnecessary or inappropriate words, sounds, or scenes from a text, movie, or radio or television program.
Example sentences
  • Nah, someone would have edited it out after seeing a rough cut, wouldn't they?
  • Those Big Brother tactics were edited out of the official White House transcript.
  • As a consequence that sequence was edited out in some parts of the country.
2Be editor of (a newspaper or magazine).
Example sentences
  • He was a writer, philosopher and political activist, and edited several newspapers and magazines.
  • Kennedy becomes the first woman to edit a national newspaper in Ireland and only the fourth editor of the Irish Times in 40 years.
  • However, not much is known about the life, times and journalistic career of the legendary poet who had edited several newspapers during the freedom struggle.
be the editor of, direct, run, manage, head, lead, supervise, oversee, preside over
informal be the boss of


1A change or correction made as a result of editing.
Example sentences
  • When he started in TV news, crews edited news reports on film stock, prompting fewer edits and a slower visual pace.
  • The edits adjust the pacing to keep the movie feeling like one big Looney Tunes epic, rather than a cheap ‘clip job’ compilation.
  • But the Hollywood Reporter concluded that ‘even extensive edits had failed to produce an acceptably balanced portrayal.’
1.1A version of written, recorded, or filmed material made as a result of editing: a rough edit of some delightful Javanese gamelan music
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  • The film received 20 minutes of applause when a rough edit was shown and won the Palme d'Or at the 1960 Cannes Film Festival.
  • As the days went on, I was keeping a close eye on how many shots I had in the bag, and I began cutting a rough edit of all the best clips we had.
  • Can't wait to share the final edit with you in the coming months!
1.2A featured selection of clothes, accessories, beauty products, etc., from a particular season or collection: this is ELLE’s personal Autumn/Winter 2012 edit
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  • Last night, I went to the Time Warner Center to hear all about the L.K. Bennett Spring/Summer Edit.
  • Myer’s Autumn/Winter edit received a spectacular unveiling at Mural Hall last Thursday.
  • Get inspired by our top two accessory trends as seen in the JETS Autumn/Winter edit for the season ahead!


Late 18th century (as a verb): partly a back-formation from editor, reinforced by French éditer 'to edit' (from édition 'edition').

Words that rhyme with edit

accredit, credit, subedit

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ed·it

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