verb (used with object)
- to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
- to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication.
- to revise or correct, as a manuscript.
- to expunge; eliminate (often followed by out): The author has edited out all references to his own family.
- to add (usually followed by in).
- to prepare (motion-picture film, video or magnetic tape) by deleting, arranging, and splicing, by synchronizing the sound record with the film, etc.
- Genetics. to alter the arrangement of (genes).
- Computers. to modify or add to (data or text).
- an instance of or the work of editing: automated machinery that allows a rapid edit of incoming news.
- to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc
- to be in charge of (a publication, esp a periodical)he edits the local newspaper
- to prepare (a film, tape, etc) by rearrangement, selection, or rejection of previously filmed or taped material
- (tr) to modify (a computer file) by, for example, deleting, inserting, moving, or copying text
- (often foll by out) to remove (incorrect or unwanted matter), as from a manuscript or film
- informal an act of editinggive the book a final edit
v.1791, perhaps a back-formation from editor, or from French éditer, or from Latin editus, past participle of edere (see edition). Related: Edited; editing. As a noun, by 1960.