Definition of revise in English:


Syllabification: re·vise
Pronunciation: /riˈvīz


[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.


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  • 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.



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  • 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: /-ˈvīzəl/
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  • 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.


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  • 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/
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  • 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').

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