Definition of redact in English:



[with object]
  • 1Edit (text) for publication.

    ‘a confidential memo which has been redacted from 25 pages to just one paragraph’
    • ‘I have to redact documents on a regular basis.’
    • ‘I hope that it's not redacted and that we actually get to see all of the information the commission is collecting right now.’
    • ‘Some of the conclusions in the report have been redacted.’
    • ‘In essence, I begin the editing process - redacting the data, picking useful bits - while taking handwritten notes.’
    • ‘Of these twenty-seven pages, all but one and a half have been redacted.’
    correct, rectify, repair, fix
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    1. 1.1 Censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes.
      • ‘Now, a lot of the report has been redacted.’
      • ‘ABC has some news on what was inside those blocks of redacted text in the CIA Inspector General report.’
      • ‘Redmond, of the administrative office of the courts, said the courts comb through the documents "on a regular basis" and tell lawyers to redact confidential information.’
      • ‘You know, the White House has gotten the ability to look at the report and redact certain items.’
      • ‘The court could release select portions of its orders, while redacting specific facts, including the names of individuals and organizations who are surveillance targets.’
      • ‘The name of that lawyer is redacted throughout the report.’
      • ‘The reports contain a few deletions, and one interview, from May 1, 2004, was redacted in its entirety.’
      • ‘Specific figures were redacted from the report.’
      • ‘The government delayed publication of Cory's reports until March this year and redacted the most sensitive sections.’
      • ‘Credit card and phone numbers would be redacted; detailed telephone records would not be provided.’
      • ‘Large sections of the Roberts files that have been made public have been heavily redacted with black ink.’
      • ‘Now, the victim's name in the report was redacted.’
      • ‘You have redacted parts of the data.’
      • ‘The following is a list of the types of information we routinely redact from funded grant applications.’
      • ‘But the redacted parts in the computer file could be seen by copying them and pasting the material in a word processing program.’
      • ‘We'll have to wait and see just what is redacted.’
      • ‘The two officials said the administration plans to propose redacting parts of the memos.’
      • ‘The Commissioner accepted some details of the minutes would have to be redacted to preserve national security.’
      • ‘It became apparent to the reporters that the redacted portions were self-referencing phrases.’
      • ‘Of these twenty-seven pages, all but one and a half have been redacted.’


Mid 19th century: back-formation from redaction.