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par·a·phrase

 (păr′ə-frāz′)
n.
1. A restatement of a text or passage in another form or other words, often to clarify meaning.
2. The restatement of texts in other words as a studying or teaching device.
3. The adaptation or alteration of a text or quotation to serve a different purpose from that of the original.
v. par·a·phrased, par·a·phras·ing, par·a·phras·es
v.tr.
1. To restate using different words, especially to clarify.
2. To adapt or alter (a text or quotation) to serve a different purpose from that of the original: "It's tempting to paraphrase an environmental slogan and say, 'Think globally, pray locally'" (Christian Science Monitor).
v.intr.
To compose a paraphrase.

[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.]

par′a·phras′a·ble adj.
par′a·phras′er n.

paraphrase

(ˈpærəˌfreɪz)
n
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) the practice of making paraphrases
vb
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
[C16: via French from Latin paraphrasis, from Greek, from paraphrazein to recount]
paraphrastic adj

par•a•phrase

(ˈpær əˌfreɪz)

n., v. -phrased, -phras•ing. n.
1. a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
2. the act or process of restating or rewording.
v.t.
3. to express in a paraphrase.
v.i.
4. to make a paraphrase.
[1540–50; < Middle French < Latin paraphrasis < Greek paráphrasis. See para-1, phrase]
par′a•phras`a•ble, adj.
par′a•phras`er, n.

paraphrasis, paraphrase

the recasting of an idea in words different from that originally used, whether in the same language or in a translation. Cf. metaphrasis, periphrasis. — paraphrastic, paraphrastical, adj.
See also: Language

paraphrase


Past participle: paraphrased
Gerund: paraphrasing

Imperative
paraphrase
paraphrase
Present
I paraphrase
you paraphrase
he/she/it paraphrases
we paraphrase
you paraphrase
they paraphrase
Preterite
I paraphrased
you paraphrased
he/she/it paraphrased
we paraphrased
you paraphrased
they paraphrased
Present Continuous
I am paraphrasing
you are paraphrasing
he/she/it is paraphrasing
we are paraphrasing
you are paraphrasing
they are paraphrasing
Present Perfect
I have paraphrased
you have paraphrased
he/she/it has paraphrased
we have paraphrased
you have paraphrased
they have paraphrased
Past Continuous
I was paraphrasing
you were paraphrasing
he/she/it was paraphrasing
we were paraphrasing
you were paraphrasing
they were paraphrasing
Past Perfect
I had paraphrased
you had paraphrased
he/she/it had paraphrased
we had paraphrased
you had paraphrased
they had paraphrased
Future
I will paraphrase
you will paraphrase
he/she/it will paraphrase
we will paraphrase
you will paraphrase
they will paraphrase
Future Perfect
I will have paraphrased
you will have paraphrased
he/she/it will have paraphrased
we will have paraphrased
you will have paraphrased
they will have paraphrased
Future Continuous
I will be paraphrasing
you will be paraphrasing
he/she/it will be paraphrasing
we will be paraphrasing
you will be paraphrasing
they will be paraphrasing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been paraphrasing
you have been paraphrasing
he/she/it has been paraphrasing
we have been paraphrasing
you have been paraphrasing
they have been paraphrasing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been paraphrasing
you will have been paraphrasing
he/she/it will have been paraphrasing
we will have been paraphrasing
you will have been paraphrasing
they will have been paraphrasing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been paraphrasing
you had been paraphrasing
he/she/it had been paraphrasing
we had been paraphrasing
you had been paraphrasing
they had been paraphrasing
Conditional
I would paraphrase
you would paraphrase
he/she/it would paraphrase
we would paraphrase
you would paraphrase
they would paraphrase
Past Conditional
I would have paraphrased
you would have paraphrased
he/she/it would have paraphrased
we would have paraphrased
you would have paraphrased
they would have paraphrased
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paraphrase - rewording for the purpose of clarification
recasting, rephrasing, rewording - changing a particular word or phrase
translation - rewording something in less technical terminology
Verb1.paraphrase - express the same message in different words
ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell - to say, state, or perform again; "She kept reiterating her request"
translate - express, as in simple and less technical language; "Can you translate the instructions in this manual for a layman?"; "Is there a need to translate the psychiatrist's remarks?"

paraphrase

verb
1. reword, interpret, render, restate, rehash, rephrase, express in other words or your own words Baxter paraphrased the contents of the press release.
noun
1. rewording, version, interpretation, rendering, translation, rendition, rehash, restatement, rephrasing The following is a paraphrase of his remarks.

paraphrase

noun
A restating of something in other, especially simpler, words:
verb
To express the meaning of in other, especially simpler, words:
Translations
تَفْسير، شَرْح بِكَلِمات اُخْرىيُفَسِّر بِكَلِمات أخرى
parafrázepřevést
genfortællegenfortælling
más szavakkal elmondparafrázis
umorîaumorîun
atpasakojimasparafrazėparafrazuoti
parafrāze, pārcēlumsparafrazēt
parafrázaparafrázovať
açıklamaaçıklamakaçımlamaaçımlamakgenişletme

paraphrase

[ˈpærəfreɪz]
A. Nparáfrasis f inv
B. VTparafrasear

paraphrase

[ˈpærəfreɪz]
vtparaphraser
nparaphrase f

paraphrase

nUmschreibung f, → Paraphrase f (geh)

paraphrase

[ˈpærəˌfreɪz]
1. nparafrasi f inv
2. vtparafrasare

paraphrase

(ˈpӕrəfreiz) verb
to repeat, in speech or writing, in different words. He paraphrased the poem in modern English.
noun
something which repeats something else in different words. He made a paraphrase of the poem.
References in classic literature ?
Poor Peggotty lifted up her hands and eyes, and only answered, in a sort of paraphrase of the grace I usually repeated after dinner,'Lord forgive you, Mrs.
As he approached, he heard the noise of the pulleys which grated under the weight of the massy pails; he also fancied he heard the melancholy moaning of the water which falls back again into the wells -- a sad, funereal, solemn sound, which strikes the ear of the child and the poet -- both dreamers -- which the English call splash; Arabian poets, gasgachau; and which we Frenchmen, who would be poets, can only translate by a paraphrase -- the noise of water falling into water.
Hatch and others (with translation of paraphrase attributed to Andronicus of Rhodes), edited by E.
retorted Hayward, with a smile which made Philip blush, for he felt that in putting into plain words what the other had expressed in a paraphrase, he had been guilty of vulgarity.
My mother's favourite paraphrase is one known in our house as David's because it was the last he learned to repeat.
We were always upon the alert; for here, to paraphrase, eternal vigilance is indeed the price of life.
In many places this poem is only a paraphrase of the Bible.
She said it wouldn't do and she told me to learn the nineteenth paraphrase for next Sunday.
I knew there was no such thing as ghosts and I kept saying a paraphrase over to myself and the Golden Text of the next Sunday School lesson but oh, how my heart beat when I got near the hollow
contains a paraphrase of a poem very closely parallel to the "Hymn to Demeter".
But our wiser years still run back to the despised recollections of childhood, and always we are fishing up some wonderful article out of that pond; until by and by we begin to suspect that the biography of the one foolish person we know is, in reality, nothing less than the miniature paraphrase of the hundred volumes of the Universal History.
I will repeat you a bad imitation, or rather paraphrase, of my own," said Jones; "for I am but an indifferent poet: