Definition of rephrase in English:


Pronunciation /rēˈfrāz/ /riˈfreɪz/

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transitive verb

[with object]
  • Express (an idea or question) in an alternative way, especially with the purpose of changing the detail or perspective of the original idea or question.

    ‘rephrase the statement so that it is clear’
    • ‘Aunt Patty asked, rephrasing the question slightly.’
    • ‘Twenty years on, scholars are rephrasing Darnton's initial question, ‘what is the history of books?’’
    • ‘Fayd asked, rephrasing his question carefully.’
    • ‘But I was feeling so apprehensive that rephrasing my questions was the least of my problems.’
    • ‘If, however, he/she rephrases the question and asks, ‘Are there any concepts with similar implications?’’
    • ‘Seeing the blank look on Bessie's face, Mary rephrased her question. ‘He gets the dead to speak through him?’’
    • ‘She also disliked it when he rephrased his questions like that.’
    • ‘Afraid that the wounds had reopened Kumma rephrased his question in a softer tone.’
    • ‘Shane rephrased the question as he inched his remaining bishop close to her queen.’
    • ‘With the advent of post-structuralism in the later 1970s, the attack on the idea of the self was rephrased in terms borrowed from Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Jacques Lacan.’
    • ‘By saying that the question of meaning is an inescapable question, is Heidegger departing from the tradition, or is he simply rephrasing its basic tenets?’
    • ‘Instead he rephrases it without emotion as a ‘truth test.’’
    • ‘By rephrasing the problem of deforestation more exactly as a lack of timber of a particular quality, it becomes possible to reflect on pre-industrial society's multiple uses for wood.’
    • ‘‘Sir, I just want your coat,’ she said, rephrasing her simple request.’
    • ‘Here, it is slightly rephrased, ‘When every part of a city has been rebuilt and replaced, is it still the same city?’’
    • ‘Not infrequently, the ideological premise is rephrased as an objective definition, as when gender theory is substituted for feminist theory.’
    • ‘He heard rejection after rejection until he oh-so-slightly rephrased his sales pitch.’
    • ‘The basic claim is that all problems can be rephrased as prediction problems.’
    • ‘This may have helpfully covered up some of the (to rephrase Proust) intermittences of the art, but it also increased the sense of hugger-mugger.’
    • ‘Or, to rephrase this, divinity is inherent in man.’
    reword, put differently, put another way, put in other words, express differently, recast
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