redact (v.)

late 14c., redacten, "combine in a unity;" c. 1400, "compile, arrange" (laws, codes, etc.); early 15c., "bring into organized form;" from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere "to drive back, force back; bring back; collect, call in; bring down, reduce to a certain state," from red- "back, again" (see re-) + agere "to set in motion, drive, do, perform" (from PIE root *ag- "to drive, draw out or forth, move").

The specific meaning "arrange, edit, bring into presentable literary form" is from 1851. Also in Middle English "to reduce" (to ashes, powder, etc.), early 15c. Related: Redacted; redacting; redactor; rédacteur.

updated on May 31, 2021

Definitions of redact from WordNet
redact (v.)
formulate in a particular style or language;
Synonyms: frame / cast / put / couch
redact (v.)
prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting;
Synonyms: edit
redact (n.)
someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication;
Synonyms: redactor / reviser / rewriter / rewrite man
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