from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw up or frame (a proclamation, for example).
- transitive v. To make ready for publication; edit or revise.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit.
- v. To censor, used by a government when parts of a document are kept secret and the remainder released.
- v. To black out text for other purposes, such as in law, when legally protected sections of text are obscured in a document provided to opposing counsel, typically as part of the discovery process.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To bring to a specified form or condition; force or compel to assume a certain form; reduce.
- To bring into a presentable literary form; edit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who puts text into appropriate form for publication
- v. formulate in a particular style or language
- v. prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
I think the use of the word "redact" in this situation is misleading.
After several intense cabinet meetings, Obama appeared to back down and go along with a Panetta proposal to heavily "redact" - black out-all references to specific interrogation techniques, say the administration sources.
By way of contrast, the five media organizations in receipt of the material went to extraordinary lengths over the past two months to check and "redact" the material that the State Department disseminated so widely.
The media organizations in receipt of the cables went to extraordinary lengths over the past two months to check and "redact" the material.
A 1974 amendment demanded that FOIA officers "redact" those portions of a document that the government deemed secret and release the rest of the document, assuming that the non-redacted segments still provided meaningful content.
In high school, we "redact," we excerpt, we read academic essays or "studies" about the classic work, we read two or three of Shakespeare's thirty-odd plays, one or two of Emerson's essays, half a dozen of Emily Dickinson's short poems.
When you eliminate, "redact," the false statements to correct it to be factual, you'd just have a bunch of solid black pages.
A competent modern cook should be able to adapt "redact," in the jargon most of the recipes without too much effort, and may find much to spark their own culinary imagination.
Members could also be allowed to "redact" some details from documents they submit to justify expenses claims.
The parliamentary authorities had fought against this decision tooth and nail; after it, they attempted to "redact" the information so as to render it as anodyne as possible.