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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning.
  • n. The restatement of texts in other words as a studying or teaching device.
  • transitive v. To restate in a paraphrase.
  • intransitive v. To compose a paraphrase.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A restatement of a text in different words, often to clarify meaning.
  • v. To restate something as, or to compose a paraphrase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To make a paraphrase.
  • transitive v. To express, interpret, or translate with latitude; to give the meaning of a passage in other language.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To restate or translate with latitude; interpret; construe; unfold and express the sense of (an author) with greater clearness and particularity by substituting other words for his own.
  • To interpret or amplify by change of words; make a paraphrase.
  • n. A restatement of a text or passage, giving the sense of the original in other words, generally in fuller terms and with greater detail, for the sake of clearer and more complete exposition: opposed to metaphrase. When the original is in a foreign language, translation and paraphrase may be combined.
  • n. Specifically, in Scotland, one of sixty-seven versified renderings of as many selected passages of Scripture, usually bound up with the metrical psalms, and like them sung in church, etc.
  • n. In instrumental music, a transcription; a variation. Also paraphrasis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. express the same message in different words
  • n. rewording for the purpose of clarification

Etymologies

French, from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein, to paraphrase : para-, alongside; see para-1 + phrazein, to show, explain; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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