Definition of revise in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈvīz/


[with object]
1Reconsider and alter (something) in the light of further evidence: he had cause to revise his opinion a moment after expressing it
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  • By 1998, as the budget began to blowout, the figure was revised upwards to 23 percent.
  • You may shudder to learn that the government has revised its hurricane forecast for the season that began June 1 for the worst.
  • We might also note and heed the willingness of those whose positions have cost them a great deal to rethink and revise their assumptions in the light of a changing world.
reconsider, review, re-examine, reassess, re-evaluate, reappraise, rethink;
change, alter, modify
1.1Re-examine and make alterations to (written or printed matter): the book was published in 1960 and revised in 1968 (as adjective revised) a revised edition
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  • There is an English instructional book based on the books written by Doshu and there are revised editions of it as well.
  • Since then, Before the Mayflower has been published in seven editions that have been revised and updated.
  • Years of comparative idleness enabled him to write and revise the Arcadia, and to complete the Defence of Poetry, The Lady of May, and Astrophel and Stella.
1.2Alter so as to make more efficient or realistic: (as adjective revised) the revised finance and administrative groups
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  • Better business efficiency often arises from revised practises following the installation of new technology.
  • It's the modern revised Christmas message that troubles me, the one about getting your wishes granted.
  • The much talked about revised Investment Act is now a document without deadlines.
amend, emend, correct, alter, change, edit, rewrite, redraft, rephrase, rescript, rework
2 [no object] British Reread work done previously to improve one’s knowledge of a subject, typically to prepare for an examination: students frantically revising for exams [with object]: revise your lecture notes on the topic
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  • There are tutorials and classes going on, and students revising for exams yet to come, in the Merton Street area.
  • It was a favourite place for students to revise for examinations.
  • 46 is the number of weeks 11 to 18 year old students spend revising for and doing exams.


A proof including corrections made in an earlier proof.
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  • Amid the chaos sits old-timer Howard, the revise sub-editor, who still remembers the days when journalists knew that Woking wasn't in Kent and that battalion has two Ts.
  • The present work was set up in slips, but the corrections have been unusually large, and the revises frequent.
  • These proofs date from the same period of revision exemplified by the large corpus of revises that came in late April and throughout May.



Pronunciation: /rəˈvīzəb(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • And this is the occasion in which we come to understand that what we take to be ‘real’ is, in fact, a changeable and revisable reality.
  • A shared overarching global polity would embody this intimation in continuously revisable structures dedicated to promoting the common good insofar as this can be agreed upon.
  • The import of these claims seems to be that Kant believed that the racial classification he offered was a necessary truth, based on reason alone, and neither derived from experience nor revisable in the light of experience.


Pronunciation: /rəˈvīz(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • It featured not only plays, each one of them subjected to ‘a careful revisal,’ but also Murphy's contributions to The Gray's Inn Journal.
  • We used to read the first book of Euclid, but regularly as we reached the dreadful pass we were turned back for a revisal.


Pronunciation: /rəˈvīzər/
Example sentences
  • Yeats was also an irrepressible reviser of his own poems: ‘It is myself that I remake,’ he said to readers who missed the earlier versions of poems they'd come to love.
  • He is a tireless reviser, a believer in the process of writing.
  • Like Bonnard, Max is an obsessive reviser, unable to step away from the canvas and declare the pictures complete.


Pronunciation: /-ˈvīzərē/
Example sentences
  • Even Jardine appears to get a small makeover from Guha's revisory pen.
  • Natalie Fryde is quoted to the exclusion of important later revisory work.


Mid 16th century (in the sense 'look again or repeatedly (at)'): from French réviser 'look at', or Latin revisere 'look at again', from re- 'again' + visere (intensive form of videre 'to see').

  • vision from Middle English:

    A vision initially referred to a ‘supernatural apparition’; it comes via Old French from Latin from videre ‘to see’. Revise (mid 16th century) originally ‘look again or repeatedly (at)’ is from the same source, as is provide (Late Middle English). Visit (Middle English) is from visare ‘view’ formed from videre while visual (Late Middle English) is from visus ‘sight’, again from videre. See also advice

Words that rhyme with revise

advise, apprise, apprize, arise, assize, capsize, chastise, comprise, demise, despise, devise, downsize, excise, flies, guise, incise, low-rise, misprize, outsize, previse, prise, prize, remise, rise, size, surmise, surprise, uprise, wise

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Syllabification: re·vise

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