Etymology
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edit (v.)

1791, "to publish," perhaps a back-formation from editor, or from French éditer (itself a back-formation from édition) or from Latin editus, past participle of edere "give out, put out, publish" (see edition). Meaning "to supervise for publication" is from 1793. Meaning "make revisions to a manuscript, etc.," is from 1885. Related: Edited; editing. As a noun, by 1960, "an act of editing."

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Definitions of edit

edit (v.)
prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting;
she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages
Synonyms: redact
edit (v.)
supervise the publication of;
The same family has been editing the influential newspaper for almost 100 years
edit (v.)
cut and assemble the components of;
edit film
Synonyms: cut / edit out
edit (v.)
cut or eliminate;
she edited the juiciest scenes
Synonyms: blue-pencil / delete
From wordnet.princeton.edu