verb (used with object)

  1. to put into suitable literary form; revise; edit.
  2. to draw up or frame (a statement, proclamation, etc.).
  3. to hide or remove (confidential parts of a text) before publication or distribution, or to examine (a text) for this purpose: The account number has been redacted from the top of the statement.

verb (tr)

  1. to compose or draft (an edict, proclamation, etc)
  2. to put (a literary work, etc) into appropriate form for publication; edit

“editing for publication,” 1785, from French r├ędaction “a compiling; a working over, editing; editorial staff” (late 17c.), from Late Latin redact-, past participle stem of redigere (see redact). Meaning “a redacted version” is from 1810. Earlier it meant “a driving back” (1620s).


early 15c., “bring into organized form,” from Latin redactus, past participle of redigere “to drive back, force back; bring back; collect, call in; bring down, reduce,” from re- “back, again” (see re-) + agere “to drive” (see act (n.)). Specific meaning “arrange, edit” is from 1851.

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