Definition of rewrite in English:

rewrite

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation: /rēˈrīt/
  • 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’
    • ‘He sits huddled in a corner, writing his name, erasing it and rewriting it.’
    • ‘He begins rewriting his speech as news of the second impact, and thus suspected terrorist collusion, reaches him.’
    • ‘I had lunch, wrote the bare bones of the piece, e-mailed it to the office, drove to HQ, and rewrote the piece.’
    • ‘Songs like ‘Growing With Love’ were written by Ty, but arranged in such a way that we all rewrote sections of them together in the studio.’
    • ‘I first wrote it as a one-act play in Kannada and have kept on writing and rewriting it over the years.’
    • ‘He tried writing an opera called Leonore, but failed so he rewrote it as Fidelio.’
    • ‘It was like someone had rubbed out what they had written and rewrote it, but bigger.’
    • ‘He rewrote school history curriculums to place greater emphasis on the military's historical role.’
    • ‘It took me ages to write this chapter I rewrote it 4 times because I just wasn't happy with it, it felt forced.’
    • ‘I wrote, edited, deleted and rewrote this post ten times already today.’
    • ‘Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.’
    • ‘We had a final draft and David rewrote things based on who was cast and where we were.’
    • ‘In 1911 he rewrote the story as a full length novel called Peter & Wendy.’
    • ‘LS helped in writing and rewriting the paper and contributed additional ideas to the manuscript.’
    • ‘They wrote vision statements and then rewrote them, soliciting input from people inside and outside the business.’
    • ‘A reader rewrote the ending to our version of ‘Those Were the Days’.’
    • ‘I was disappointed that the media covering the symposium only rewrote the press release.’
    • ‘During 1920 he rewrote it and published it privately in 1922.’
    • ‘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 wrote in a separate journal and rewrote it into my diary when I got back.’
    revise, recast, rework, reword, rephrase, redraft, rescript
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noun

Pronunciation: /ˈrēˌrīt/
  • 1An instance of writing something again so as to alter or improve it.

    • ‘Duncan Kenworthy demanded 20 rewrites from screenwriter Richard Curtis on Four Weddings and a Funeral.’
    • ‘Roger and I are signed on to do any rewrites necessary.’
    • ‘However, the end product betrays a number of clumsy rewrites commissioned by the New Line production trust so the story could be packaged in the sellable format of a policemen buddy movie.’
    • ‘The coordinating committee at that time predicted that the next revision would be a rewrite in 1997-8, so a new version is overdue.’
    • ‘Much of what is worthwhile in La Cava's films can be traced to his working methods: constant rewrites, overlapping dialogue, improvisation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The college holidays have commenced, and I'm into the late stages of rewrites - and yes, I'm aware that that still isn't interesting, as I promised it would be.’
    • ‘The writing process in question is now over, barring unexpected pre-publication crises as at the weekend I completed the handful of fairly minor rewrites which had been requested by the editor.’
    • ‘After the first read-through, the star demands rewrites.’
    • ‘If some rewrites are needed, Microsoft is really good at being corrected and taking advice.’
    • ‘They demanded rewrites, and the production did not pick up for several months.’
    • ‘This, the company's Peter Bondar tells us, involves a complete rewrite rather than minor adjustments.’
    • ‘Necropolis Awakened needed a rewrite and a recasting to work as something special.’
    • ‘So today I give you the bare essentials: no rewrites, no revisions, and pretty much no forethought.’
    • ‘The manual could use a through rewrite, reorganization, and editing to make the English understandable, but who reads the manual anyway?’
    • ‘He says he expects popular demand to force a rewrite.’
    • ‘Correspondents chafed at the numerous, often contradictory, rewrites demanded by producers.’
    • ‘The punishments are constant: story rewrites or rejections or less prestigious assignments.’
    • ‘It takes four solid years of overdubs, rewrites, and revisions - not to mention several label dalliances - to finish their third album, The Meadowlands.’
    • ‘Rewrote this four times already, so I'm going to leave the next rewrite for when I edit.’
    revision, alteration, change, modification, qualification, adaptation, adjustment
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    1. 1.1 A piece of text that has been altered or improved.
      • ‘Won't say anything more about future updates because I'm afraid I'll jinx the rewrite.’
      • ‘Many of Smith's stories are rewrites of Chinese myths and fables, with casts of characters out of his dreamlike human universe.’
      • ‘It is 500 pages and is a rewrite of the 1989 Public Finance Act.’
      • ‘But the point that we made earlier is that this bill is actually a rewrite, because we had Supplementary Order Paper 107 lodged yesterday at the eleventh hour.’
      • ‘The second edition is not simply an update, but a competent rewrite of most chapters, with a few exceptional chapters remaining largely unchanged.’
      • ‘The first draft will take three or four months, the rewrite will take four or five.’
      • ‘This proved to be a torturous task as many drafts, revisions and rewrites poured out of my head into my PC for weeks on end.’
      • ‘I suspect that the rewrite will be quite different from the original, so I will post the rewritten chapters as soon as they are all finished, which could be quite a while.’
      • ‘Fans of the Adam and Joe Show will recall a warped rewrite of The Royle Family using Star Wars figures.’
      • ‘It's a rewrite but the sensibility is all present and correct.’
      • ‘By the final chapter, you realise you've been reading a crazy rewrite of The Maltese Falcon.’
      • ‘This Seventh Edition represents a complete rewrite of the previous edition culled from suggestions made by students and colleagues in academia and industry.’
      • ‘It looks like it was a simple rewrite of the Sunday Times piece though, so we're still only getting the story from one side.’
      • ‘I'll be posting new chapters and rewrites here.’
      • ‘It is the major part of the bill, and if anybody says that the old Act is being thrown out and that the 358-page bill now being brought in is a complete rewrite of the legislation, he or she is incorrect.’
      • ‘As you can see, this chapter was a MAJOR rewrite.’
      • ‘But almost all of the goals of the final rewrite on a book like this are practical ones.’
      • ‘At last Stephen Berkoff, the enfant terrible of Fringe theatre, has gone for the big one: a rewrite of the New Testament.’
      • ‘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 innocent corruption of scheming, out-of-control teens will always be more compelling than all those witty rewrites of the lives of jaded middle-aged dilettantes who really have no excuse to be so soulless.’

Phrases

  • rewrite history

    • Select or interpret events from the past in a way that suits one's own particular purposes.

      • ‘Thomas himself was not above trying to change the meaning of events and rewrite history.’
      • ‘No longer can she rewrite history to suit her politician's vanity or her increasingly erratic moods.’
      • ‘While only those select few who participated in the project know for certain the course of events, there are no obvious signs that Mishkin is rewriting history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We can rewrite history, but the present will always return to haunt us.’
      • ‘You could argue that the revolution was a form of domestic terrorism which was victorious, and it rewrote history to make us the revolutionaries who threw off the burden of Britain.’
      • ‘A global corporation has its own set of values and priorities, and thus would be forced to rewrite history to suit its vendors and dealers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Is it more offensive to rewrite history within the living memory of those who were present than it is to inaccurately portray historical events that occurred long before our time?’
      • ‘It is said that each generation rewrites history to suit itself and it seems likely that the chronicles might have overlooked a few things about the world, as great-granddad knew it.’
  • rewrite the record books

    • (of an athlete) break a record or several records.

      • ‘It was no longer enough for her or her supporters that she should just run well; she should also rewrite the record books.’
      • ‘Suddenly the also-ran was rewriting the record books, running times that were tenths of seconds faster than anything in history.’
      • ‘Pioneer rewrote the record books by becoming the first girls' team in Michigan's illustrious swimming history to win the prestigious national title.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Even as a junior, the Welsh cycling sensation was rewriting the record books, winning four world titles in the space of a year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The crowd roared their approval as one of Irish racing's greatest favourites rewrote the record books yet again and Pat Smullen repeatedly waved his whip in triumph.’
      • ‘In Kimberley Western Province rewrote the record books with a 68-24 victory over Griquas at Absa Park after leading 28-7 at half-time.’
      • ‘Mind you Phil Stephenson rewrote the record books by setting a time of 3mins 10 secs - he's looking sharp.’

Pronunciation:

rewrite

Verb/rēˈrīt/

rewrite

Noun/ˈrēˌrīt/