Definition of rephrase in English:



[with object]
  • Express (an idea or question) in an alternative way, especially for the purpose of clarification.

    ‘rephrase the statement so that it is clear’
    • ‘Here, it is slightly rephrased, ‘When every part of a city has been rebuilt and replaced, is it still the same city?’’
    • ‘By saying that the question of meaning is an inescapable question, is Heidegger departing from the tradition, or is he simply rephrasing its basic tenets?’
    • ‘Aunt Patty asked, rephrasing the question slightly.’
    • ‘By rephrasing the problem of deforestation more exactly as a lack of timber of a particular quality, it becomes possible to reflect on pre-industrial society's multiple uses for wood.’
    • ‘Twenty years on, scholars are rephrasing Darnton's initial question, ‘what is the history of books?’’
    • ‘Not infrequently, the ideological premise is rephrased as an objective definition, as when gender theory is substituted for feminist theory.’
    • ‘But I was feeling so apprehensive that rephrasing my questions was the least of my problems.’
    • ‘He heard rejection after rejection until he oh-so-slightly rephrased his sales pitch.’
    • ‘With the advent of post-structuralism in the later 1970s, the attack on the idea of the self was rephrased in terms borrowed from Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.’
    • ‘‘Sir, I just want your coat,’ she said, rephrasing her simple request.’
    • ‘If, however, he/she rephrases the question and asks, ‘Are there any concepts with similar implications?’’
    • ‘This may have helpfully covered up some of the (to rephrase Proust) intermittences of the art, but it also increased the sense of hugger-mugger.’
    • ‘She also disliked it when he rephrased his questions like that.’
    • ‘Instead he rephrases it without emotion as a ‘truth test.’’
    • ‘Fayd asked, rephrasing his question carefully.’
    • ‘Afraid that the wounds had reopened Kumma rephrased his question in a softer tone.’
    • ‘Or, to rephrase this, divinity is inherent in man.’
    • ‘Seeing the blank look on Bessie's face, Mary rephrased her question. ‘He gets the dead to speak through him?’’
    • ‘The basic claim is that all problems can be rephrased as prediction problems.’
    • ‘Shane rephrased the question as he inched his remaining bishop close to her queen.’
    reword, put differently, put another way, put in other words, express differently, recast
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