(third-person singular simple present redacts, present participle redacting, simple past and past participle redacted)
- To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit. [from 19th c.]
- (rare) To draw up or frame a decree, statement, etc. [from 19th c.]
- To censor, used by a government when parts of a document are kept secret and the remainder released.
- The military will redact the document before releasing it, blacking out sections that are classified.
- (law) To black out text for other purposes, such as in law, when legally protected sections of text are obscured in a document provided to opposing counsel, typically as part of the discovery process.
From Old French redacter, from Latin redactus, perfect passive participle of redigÅ (“drive, lead, collect, reduce"), from re- (“back") + agÅ (“put in motion, drive").