Meaning of redact in English:


Pronunciation /rɪˈdakt/


[with object]
  • 1Edit (text) for publication.

    ‘a confidential memo which has been redacted from 25 pages to just one paragraph’
    • ‘I have to redact documents on a regular basis.’
    • ‘In essence, I begin the editing process - redacting the data, picking useful bits - while taking handwritten notes.’
    • ‘Of these twenty-seven pages, all but one and a half have been redacted.’
    • ‘Some of the conclusions in the report have been redacted.’
    • ‘I hope that it's not redacted and that we actually get to see all of the information the commission is collecting right now.’
    correct, rectify, repair, fix
    1. 1.1Censor or obscure (part of a text) for legal or security purposes.
      ‘The two officials said the administration plans to propose redacting parts of the memos.’
      • ‘Now, a lot of the report has been redacted.’
      • ‘Now, the victim's name in the report was redacted.’
      • ‘The Commissioner accepted some details of the minutes would have to be redacted to preserve national security.’
      • ‘Large sections of the Roberts files that have been made public have been heavily redacted with black ink.’
      • ‘The name of that lawyer is redacted throughout the report.’
      • ‘We'll have to wait and see just what is redacted.’
      • ‘The government delayed publication of Cory's reports until March this year and redacted the most sensitive sections.’
      • ‘You know, the White House has gotten the ability to look at the report and redact certain items.’
      • ‘It became apparent to the reporters that the redacted portions were self-referencing phrases.’
      • ‘Credit card and phone numbers would be redacted; detailed telephone records would not be provided.’
      • ‘But the redacted parts in the computer file could be seen by copying them and pasting the material in a word processing program.’
      • ‘Specific figures were redacted from the report.’
      • ‘The reports contain a few deletions, and one interview, from May 1, 2004, was redacted in its entirety.’
      • ‘The following is a list of the types of information we routinely redact from funded grant applications.’
      • ‘The court could release select portions of its orders, while redacting specific facts, including the names of individuals and organizations who are surveillance targets.’
      • ‘Of these twenty-seven pages, all but one and a half have been redacted.’
      • ‘ABC has some news on what was inside those blocks of redacted text in the CIA Inspector General report.’
      • ‘You have redacted parts of the data.’
      • ‘Redmond, of the administrative office of the courts, said the courts comb through the documents "on a regular basis" and tell lawyers to redact confidential information.’


Early 19th century back-formation from redaction. Redact is found earlier in English (from late Middle English) in other senses (e.g. ‘combine, arrange, reduce to a certain state’), derived from Latin redact-, redigere ‘bring back’.