verb (used with object)

  1. to supervise or direct the preparation of (a newspaper, magazine, book, etc.); serve as editor of; direct the editorial policies of.
  2. to collect, prepare, and arrange (materials) for publication.
  3. to revise or correct, as a manuscript.
  4. to expunge; eliminate (often followed by out): The author has edited out all references to his own family.
  5. to add (usually followed by in).
  6. to prepare (motion-picture film, video or magnetic tape) by deleting, arranging, and splicing, by synchronizing the sound record with the film, etc.
  7. Genetics. to alter the arrangement of (genes).
  8. Computers. to modify or add to (data or text).


  1. an instance of or the work of editing: automated machinery that allows a rapid edit of incoming news.

verb (tr)

  1. to prepare (text) for publication by checking and improving its accuracy, clarity, etc
  2. to be in charge of (a publication, esp a periodical)he edits the local newspaper
  3. to prepare (a film, tape, etc) by rearrangement, selection, or rejection of previously filmed or taped material
  4. (tr) to modify (a computer file) by, for example, deleting, inserting, moving, or copying text
  5. (often foll by out) to remove (incorrect or unwanted matter), as from a manuscript or film


  1. informal an act of editinggive the book a final edit

1791, perhaps a back-formation from editor, or from French ├ęditer, or from Latin editus, past participle of edere (see edition). Related: Edited; editing. As a noun, by 1960.

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