Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A word-for-word translation.
  • transitive verb To translate, especially literally.
  • transitive verb To manipulate the wording of (a text), especially as a means of subtly altering the sense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A translation; specifically, a verbal translation; a close version or translation from one language into another: opposed to paraphrase.
  • noun A responding phrase; a repartee.
  • To translate literally; turn into exactly corresponding words: as, to metaphrase Latin poetry.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A verbal translation; a version or translation from one language into another, word for word; a literal translation; -- opposed to paraphrase.
  • noun An answering phrase; repartee.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a literal, word-for-word translation.
  • noun An answering phrase; repartee.
  • verb to make such a literal translation.

Etymologies

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

[New Latin metaphrasis, from Greek, translation, paraphrase, from metaphrazein, to translate : meta-, meta- + phrazein, to tell, show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Ancient Greek μεταφράζομαι (metaphrazomai, "consider after")

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