Definition of Paraphrase

1. Noun. Rewording for the purpose of clarification.

Exact synonyms: Paraphrasis
Generic synonyms: Recasting, Rephrasing, Rewording
Specialized synonyms: Translation
Derivative terms: Paraphrastic



2. Verb. Express the same message in different words.
Exact synonyms: Rephrase, Reword
Generic synonyms: Ingeminate, Iterate, Reiterate, Repeat, Restate, Retell
Specialized synonyms: Translate
Derivative terms: Rephrasing, Rewording

Definition of Paraphrase

1. n. A restatement of a text, passage, or work, expressing the meaning of the original in another form, generally for the sake of its clearer and fuller exposition; a setting forth the signification of a text in other and ampler terms; a free translation or rendering; -- opposed to metaphrase.

2. v. t. To express, interpret, or translate with latitude; to give the meaning of a passage in other language.

3. v. i. To make a paraphrase.

Definition of Paraphrase

1. Noun. a restatement of a text in different words, often to clarify meaning ¹

2. Noun. a similar restatement as an educational exercise ¹

3. Verb. to restate something as, or to compose a paraphrase ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Paraphrase

1. [v -PHRASED, -PHRASING, -PHRASES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Paraphrase

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paraphrase (current term)
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paraphrenia
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Literary usage of Paraphrase

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1. The Methodist Review (1899)
"He resorted to a paraphrase on points • needing special explanation, as a clear and concise method of interprets- • tion. This method is quite in order at ..."

2. The Translations of Beowulf: A Critical Bibliography by Chauncey Brewster Tinker (1903)
"His poem is readable, but readable at the expense of accuracy. As a paraphrase, the version is commendable; but it is hardly of importance in any other way. ..."

3. English Writers: An Attempt Towards a History of English Literature by Henry Morley, William Hall Griffin (1892)
"Cranmer had chosen Erasmus's paraphrase of the New Testament for translation. It had been for some time in hand, and was now to form two folio paraphrase- ..."

4. The Practical Elements of Rhetoric: With Illustrative Examples by John Franklin Genung (1891)
"paraphrase. paraphrase is the reproduction of an author's complete thought, ... Utility of paraphrase. — paraphrase is often spoken of in reproachful terms, ..."

5. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Samuel Johnson (1810)
"This paraphrase is inserted in Mrs. Wil- ... paraphrase* or PROVERBS, ciur. vi. Verses 6, 7,8, 9, 14,11. ..."

6. The Works of Lord Macaulay by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay (1898)
"paraphrase OF A PASSAGE IN THE CHRONICLE OF THE MONK OF ST. GALL (1856) [In the summer of 1856, the author travelled with a friend through Lombardy. ..."

7. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Book of Proverbs by Crawford Howell Toy (1899)
"The whole is a paraphrase which may have taken the place of an original Grk. text. 6, 7. The recompense of virtue and vice. 6. Blessings are on the head of ..."

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