- To paraphrase is to repeat a version of something, not the exact words.
An example of to paraphrase is to repeat a quote that you heard earlier, leaving some parts out.
- The definition of a paraphrase is a rewording of something that has been said or written, to make it clearer.
An example of to paraphrase is to repeat the main points of a speech to someone who didn’t understand.
- a rewording of something spoken or written, usually for the purpose of making its meaning clearer
- the use of this as a literary or teaching device
- an approximate rendering of a quotation, saying, etc. whose exact words cannot be cited or recalled
- a free reworking of a musical text or composition
Origin: Fr from Classical Latin paraphrasis from Glassical Greek from paraphrazein, to say inch(es) other words: see para- and amp; phrase
- paraphraser noun
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- A restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning.
- The restatement of texts in other words as a studying or teaching device.
Origin: French, from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein, to paraphrase : para-, alongside; see para-1 + phrazein, to show, explain; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.
- parˈa·phrasˌa·ble adjective
- parˈa·phrasˌer noun
paraphrase - Cultural Definition
A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.