Definition of rewrite in English:

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Pronunciation: /rēˈrīt/
(past rewrote; past participle rewritten) [with object]
Write (something) again so as to alter or improve it: the songs may have to be rewritten [no object]: he began rewriting, adding more and more layers
More example sentences
  • I just wrote a nice long e-mail to someone about a potential business deal, and I wrote it and rewrote it at three times.
  • I first wrote it as a one-act play in Kannada and have kept on writing and rewriting it over the years.
  • It took me ages to write this chapter I rewrote it 4 times because I just wasn't happy with it, it felt forced.


Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌrīt/
1An instance of writing something again so as to alter or improve it.
Example sentences
  • So today I give you the bare essentials: no rewrites, no revisions, and pretty much no forethought.
  • It takes four solid years of overdubs, rewrites, and revisions - not to mention several label dalliances - to finish their third album, The Meadowlands.
  • This is actually the third book I've worked on for a local doctor and she admits that with this one I will be doing more of a rewrite than an edit.
1.1A piece of text that has been altered or improved.
Example sentences
  • It is 500 pages and is a rewrite of the 1989 Public Finance Act.
  • Each person writes a piece, and then they pass it on and then next person rewrites it and then passes on their rewrite and the next person rewrites that.
  • The first draft will take three or four months, the rewrite will take four or five.



rewrite history

Select or interpret events from the past in a way that suits one’s own particular purposes.
Example sentences
  • Our purpose is not to rewrite history but, rather, to learn from our past and to find ways to deal with the negative impacts that certain historical decisions continue to have in our society today.
  • It's as if we wait for another rail tragedy to act as confirmation of our worst fears, and when one happens we rewrite history to present it as a disaster in the making.
  • We can rewrite history, but the present will always return to haunt us.

rewrite the record books

(Of an athlete) break a record or several records.
Example sentences
  • Even the New York Knicks' Richie Guerin, the high scorer on the other team the day Wilt rewrote the record books, collected two more points than the combined Pistons-Lakers total.
  • His awesome talent, good looks and attacking style of play have helped rewrite the record books and take the sport to unprecedented heights of popularity across the world.
  • One of the most legendary figures in the history of American sports, Abdul-Jabbar spent his NBA career rewriting the record books following All-America careers at New York's Power Memorial High School and at UCLA.

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Syllabification: re·write

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