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paraphrase (n.)

"a restatement of a text or passage, giving the sense of the original in other words," often in fuller terms and greater detail, 1540s, from French paraphrase (1520s), from Latin paraphrasis "a paraphrase," from Greek paraphrasis "a free rendering," from paraphrazein "to tell in other words," from para- "beside" (see para- (1)) + phrazein "to tell" (see phrase (n.)).

paraphrase (v.)

"restate, interpret, express the meaning of in other words," c. 1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing.

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Definitions of paraphrase from WordNet
1
paraphrase (v.)
express the same message in different words;
Synonyms: rephrase / reword
2
paraphrase (n.)
rewording for the purpose of clarification;
Synonyms: paraphrasis
From wordnet.princeton.edu