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rewrite (v.)

1560s, "reply in writing," from re- "back, again" + write (v.). The sense of "write again, write a second time" especially in a different form is by 1730. Related: Rewrote; rewritten; rewriting. The newspaper rewrite man, who works up copy for publication from information or stories phoned or sent in by reporters, is recorded from 1901. As a noun, "act of revising copy or a text," from 1926.

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Definitions of rewrite
1
rewrite (v.)
write differently; alter the writing of;
The student rewrote his thesis
rewrite (v.)
rewrite so as to make fit to suit a new or different purpose;
2
rewrite (n.)
something that has been written again;
the rewrite was much better
Synonyms: revision / rescript
From wordnet.princeton.edu