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Pronunciation: /ˈɛdɪt/

Definition of edit in English:

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
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  • 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, copy-edit;
improve, revise, emend, polish, modify, adapt, rewrite, reword, rework, rescript, redraft, rephrase;
assemble, prepare for publication;
shorten, condense, cut, abridge;
approve, censor, redact
informal clean up, iron out
1.1Choose material for (a film or radio or television programme) and arrange it to form a coherent whole: (as adjective edited) edited highlights of the match
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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.
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  • 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 material from a text, film, or radio or television programme: the film’s sexually explicit scenes have been edited out
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  • 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): he began to edit the magazine in 1923
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  • 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, control the content of, control, direct, run, manage, be in charge of, be responsible for, be at the helm of, be chief of, head, lead, supervise, superintend, oversee, preside over, be the boss of
informal head up


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1A change or correction made as a result of editing: the system has no word wrap feature—so even small edits involved extensive rekeying
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  • 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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  • On the DVD that comes with the box set, a specially produced edit of the film makes this narrative clear.
  • Rough edits of visuals were sent out to musicians who were asked to use them as the basis for producing soundtracks.
  • Several of these tracks are edits of lengthy jam sessions.
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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  • Be crafty with our edit of spring's best patchwork pieces.
  • Are you a fan of Rebecca’s designs? What do you make of her Autumn/Winter 2012 edit?
  • The shoe edit – we’ve got a great selection of treats for your feet, from dainty heels to flip flops, which will get you through every occasion this summer.


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

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