Definition of revise in English:



  • 1Reconsider and alter (something) in the light of further evidence.

    ‘he had cause to revise his opinion a moment after expressing it’
    • ‘Also, there is a need to revise the Food Guide Pyramid to reflect the Dietary Guidelines.’
    • ‘Shocked economists and policymakers are scrambling to revise their growth forecasts downward.’
    • ‘The proposed plans would allow employers to reduce overtime payments, revise pension plans and impose more flexible work hours.’
    • ‘But later, the route may be revised as the investors also want to serve the city center.’
    • ‘MS services in Orkney are being completely revised in an attempt to bring patient care up to a national standard.’
    • ‘But real consumer spending and business investment on new equipment were revised higher.’
    • ‘In recent years, inheritance law has been revised to allow women to inherit more easily.’
    • ‘How would the uses of the prints in a devotional context revise Gauguin's notion of the function of his own sacred art?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You may shudder to learn that the government has revised its hurricane forecast for the season that began June 1 for the worst.’
    • ‘The outlook on the long-term ratings was revised to stable from positive.’
    • ‘By 1998, as the budget began to blowout, the figure was revised upwards to 23 percent.’
    • ‘Charity looked at her in genuine alarm and was rewarded with a wink that made her revise her opinion of her cousin slightly upwards.’
    • ‘Appointment systems for health services may need to be revised to allow time for shared decision making.’
    • ‘The Constitution has been amended, laws have been revised.’
    • ‘After all, the reason any of us writes history is to revise established views of the subject; otherwise we could not claim to be making a contribution.’
    • ‘The Municipal Law of the City was revised in 1884 to regulate drains.’
    • ‘So much so, the timetable has been revised to allow for an extra trip each day.’
    • ‘Congress will likely revise it to include only students who are convicted while they are in school.’
    • ‘Never mind, Asia can manage minus the mea culpa - as long as the agency listens to the region more and revises its policies in light of experience.’
    reconsider, review, re-examine, reassess, re-evaluate, reappraise, rethink, think over, take another look at, take a fresh look at, look at in a different light, have another think about
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    1. 1.1Re-examine and make alterations to (written or printed matter)
      ‘the book was published in 1960 and revised in 1968’
      ‘a revised edition’
      • ‘Osmond expects his words to be written over hers - he expects to revise her to suit himself, rather than to read her to understand who she is.’
      • ‘I had started revising a novel I had begun writing in 1996, which I had never got right.’
      • ‘Middletown's finance director said revised forms were sent out immediately at a cost of $5,500.’
      • ‘Since then, Before the Mayflower has been published in seven editions that have been revised and updated.’
      • ‘Between 1594 and 1602 he produced plays for the Admiral's Men, after which he concentrated on writing pageants for the city of London and on revising the Survey of London by John Stow.’
      • ‘We hope to have an improved and revised one in major bookstores within a year.’
      • ‘Compared with the originally submitted Statement the fully revised Statement includes additional information on various matters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A two hour lecture takes a week to prepare, revise, proofread, and create handouts for.’
      • ‘Deb wrote that this book has been revised and updated; for the record, I read the original 1985 edition.’
      • ‘This is the second edition of an outstanding book; it has been revised and updated thoroughly.’
      • ‘I will try and write as I revise, but don't expect quick updates, because I really want to concentrate on my studies.’
      • ‘Publishers of major travel guides are busy revising their New York editions to reflect the city's violently altered landscape.’
      • ‘There is an English instructional book based on the books written by Doshu and there are revised editions of it as well.’
      • ‘As the author says in his introduction, this second edition has been completely revised, and enlarged by the addition of the three chapters on beauty.’
      • ‘Writing students learn to follow a prewrite, outline, write, and revise pattern.’
      • ‘When you write for an audience, you get your thoughts down on paper, seek feedback and revise extensively.’
      • ‘It's very similar to school, when you would revise and revise plays.’
      • ‘This Fifth Edition of Endurance and Endeavour has been substantially revised to take advantage of the new material.’
      • ‘On the other hand, I've had past clients call asking to either revise or reprint old projects.’
    2. 1.2Alter so as to make more efficient or realistic.
      ‘the revised finance and administrative groups’
      • ‘All new models get a new front bumper design, new headlamps and tail lights, a new front grille and revised power vents.’
      • ‘It's the modern revised Christmas message that troubles me, the one about getting your wishes granted.’
      • ‘I'm wondering if you guys have sort of a downward revised estimate of what the body toll might be.’
      • ‘We have a new set of rules for BBC journalists who wish to write for newspapers or magazines and we will be publishing revised editorial guidelines.’
      • ‘Better business efficiency often arises from revised practises following the installation of new technology.’
      • ‘The much talked about revised Investment Act is now a document without deadlines.’
      amend, emend, correct, alter, change, adapt, edit, copy-edit, rewrite, redraft, rescript, recast, rephrase, rework, update, revamp
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  • 2British [no object] 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’
    • ‘I was revising for my exams at University and got to the point where I was loaded with facts, so I took off for a walk round the lake.’
    • ‘Firstly I went out for a meal for one friend's birthday, very civilized, if a tad dull at points - mainly cos we're all either in the middle of exams or revising for them and therefore tired and boring.’
    • ‘This site offers many resources for students revising for their A level exams, including revision notes and questions, help and advice.’
    • ‘Rose expert Shirley said she caught the gardening bug at the age of 15, when she was supposed to be revising for exams - choosing instead to spend the time tending her parents' garden.’
    • ‘I had eight exams to revise for over Christmas and no study leave.’
    • ‘You still have to revise and prepare thoroughly for the examination and not try to rely on finding the information whilst in the exam hall.’
    • ‘This is a table where they list dates, details of the subject they are revising and what results they'd like to achieve by when.’
    • ‘Relax on Friday night, revise Saturday and Sunday, then try to remain calm on Monday before the exam.’
    • ‘It was a favourite place for students to revise for examinations.’
    • ‘Bear in mind this was the school holidays, and when you're not quite thirteen there's not a lot to do except, it seems, revise Latin, read the dictionary and play with your little brother's Scalextrix.’
    • ‘She's concentrating on her weakest subject to revise, which is English Lit.’
    • ‘There's a lot more than revising for exams that gets students of Jawaharlal Nehru University out of their beds in the wee hours of the morning.’
    • ‘And she says they often sit around the dining table together to complete homework or revise.’
    • ‘There are tutorials and classes going on, and students revising for exams yet to come, in the Merton Street area.’
    • ‘Over the next few weeks my posts might be a bit sporadic as my exam is due in October and I have a mighty rush to complete the course work, do the last assignment and revise.’
    • ‘Lucy, meanwhile, likes the top-floor balcony in her room, where she spends sunny days revising for her GCSE exams.’
    • ‘Xola used to drag me to a secluded spot, with a biology book in his hands, to revise and prepare for the exams.’
    • ‘No wonder the students are now revising busily and everyone is keen to impress their businesslike attitude and the desire for foreign investment upon any foreigner who will listen.’
    • ‘I then know that i am going into the exam fully prepared and also it is easier to revise from concise notes.’
    • ‘46 is the number of weeks 11 to 18 year old students spend revising for and doing exams.’
    go over, reread, run through, study, memorize
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  • A proof including corrections made in an earlier proof.

    • ‘These proofs date from the same period of revision exemplified by the large corpus of revises that came in late April and throughout May.’
    • ‘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.’
    page proof, galley proof, galley, pull, slip, trial print
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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).