Edit is defined as to prepare something for publication or final copy by removing errors and extra words.(verb)
An example of to edit is to check a paper for grammatical and structural mistakes before submitting it to a professor.
The definition of an edit is a change made to something before a final copy is submitted.(noun)
An example of an edit is a corrected comma splice on a paper before it is handed in to the professor.
See edit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: back-form. < editor
See edit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
transitive verb ed·it·ed, ed·it·ing, ed·its
Origin: Partly back-formation from editor
Origin: and partly from French éditer, to publish (from Latin ēditus, past participle of ēdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + dare, to give; see dō- in Indo-European roots). Word History: The word edit is often cited as an example of back-formation. In other words, edit is not the source of editor, as dive is of diver, the expected derivational pattern; rather, the reverse is the case. Edit in the sense “to prepare for publication,” first recorded in 1793, comes from editor, first recorded in 1712 in the sense “one who edits.” There is more to the story, however. Edit also comes partly from the French word éditer, “to publish, edit,” first recorded in 1784. In the case of edit, two processes, borrowing and back-formation, occurred either independently or together, perhaps one person originally taking edit from French, another from editor, and yet a third from both.
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