Definition of rewrite in English:

rewrite

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
Pronunciation /rēˈrīt//riˈraɪt/
  • 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 tried writing an opera called Leonore, but failed so he rewrote it as Fidelio.’
    • ‘He begins rewriting his speech as news of the second impact, and thus suspected terrorist collusion, reaches him.’
    • ‘I first wrote it as a one-act play in Kannada and have kept on writing and rewriting it over the years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We had a final draft and David rewrote things based on who was cast and where we were.’
    • ‘Before we did anything we wrote and rewrote the script until we felt what we had got written down was a really good story.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In 1911 he rewrote the story as a full length novel called Peter & Wendy.’
    • ‘He rewrote school history curriculums to place greater emphasis on the military's historical role.’
    • ‘He sits huddled in a corner, writing his name, erasing it and rewriting it.’
    • ‘I was disappointed that the media covering the symposium only rewrote the press release.’
    • ‘LS helped in writing and rewriting the paper and contributed additional ideas to the manuscript.’
    • ‘I wrote in a separate journal and rewrote it into my diary when I got back.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A reader rewrote the ending to our version of ‘Those Were the Days’.’
    • ‘I had lunch, wrote the bare bones of the piece, e-mailed it to the office, drove to HQ, and rewrote the piece.’
    • ‘They wrote vision statements and then rewrote them, soliciting input from people inside and outside the business.’
    • ‘During 1920 he rewrote it and published it privately in 1922.’
    • ‘It was like someone had rubbed out what they had written and rewrote it, but bigger.’
    revise, recast, rework, reword, rephrase, redraft, rescript
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noun

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

    • ‘Necropolis Awakened needed a rewrite and a recasting to work as something special.’
    • ‘The coordinating committee at that time predicted that the next revision would be a rewrite in 1997-8, so a new version is overdue.’
    • ‘Rewrote this four times already, so I'm going to leave the next rewrite for when I edit.’
    • ‘He says he expects popular demand to force a rewrite.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Correspondents chafed at the numerous, often contradictory, rewrites demanded by producers.’
    • ‘They demanded rewrites, and the production did not pick up for several months.’
    • ‘So today I give you the bare essentials: no rewrites, no revisions, and pretty much no forethought.’
    • ‘The punishments are constant: story rewrites or rejections or less prestigious assignments.’
    • ‘After the first read-through, the star demands rewrites.’
    • ‘This, the company's Peter Bondar tells us, involves a complete rewrite rather than minor adjustments.’
    • ‘The manual could use a through rewrite, reorganization, and editing to make the English understandable, but who reads the manual anyway?’
    • ‘Roger and I are signed on to do any rewrites necessary.’
    • ‘Much of what is worthwhile in La Cava's films can be traced to his working methods: constant rewrites, overlapping dialogue, improvisation.’
    • ‘It takes four solid years of overdubs, rewrites, and revisions - not to mention several label dalliances - to finish their third album, The Meadowlands.’
    • ‘Duncan Kenworthy demanded 20 rewrites from screenwriter Richard Curtis on Four Weddings and a Funeral.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If some rewrites are needed, Microsoft is really good at being corrected and taking advice.’
    • ‘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.’
    revision, alteration, change, modification, qualification, adaptation, adjustment
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    1. 1.1 A piece of text that has been altered or improved.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘By the final chapter, you realise you've been reading a crazy rewrite of The Maltese Falcon.’
      • ‘But almost all of the goals of the final rewrite on a book like this are practical ones.’
      • ‘It is 500 pages and is a rewrite of the 1989 Public Finance Act.’
      • ‘Many of Smith's stories are rewrites of Chinese myths and fables, with casts of characters out of his dreamlike human universe.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘As you can see, this chapter was a MAJOR rewrite.’
      • ‘It's a rewrite but the sensibility is all present and correct.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At last Stephen Berkoff, the enfant terrible of Fringe theatre, has gone for the big one: a rewrite of the New Testament.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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'll be posting new chapters and rewrites here.’
      • ‘Won't say anything more about future updates because I'm afraid I'll jinx the rewrite.’
      • ‘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.’

Phrases

  • rewrite history

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

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No longer can she rewrite history to suit her politician's vanity or her increasingly erratic moods.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thomas himself was not above trying to change the meaning of events and rewrite history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We can rewrite history, but the present will always return to haunt us.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • rewrite the record books

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

      • ‘Even as a junior, the Welsh cycling sensation was rewriting the record books, winning four world titles in the space of a year.’
      • ‘Suddenly the also-ran was rewriting the record books, running times that were tenths of seconds faster than anything in history.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was no longer enough for her or her supporters that she should just run well; she should also rewrite the record books.’
      • ‘Mind you Phil Stephenson rewrote the record books by setting a time of 3mins 10 secs - he's looking sharp.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

rewrite

Verb/riˈraɪt/

rewrite

Noun/ˈriˌraɪt/