Meaning of rephrase


To rephrase something is to say it again, in a slightly different way. You might rephrase your question if the person you’re asking doesn’t understand it the first time.

You might want to rephrase something to clarify a statement, adjust your ideas to fit your audience, or try not to offend the person you’re talking to. A salesman might rephrase his pitch if he’s not having much success selling encyclopedias, and an author might rephrase material from a book so that the kindergartners she’s talking to will understand her. The word combines the prefix re-, “again,” and phrase, from the Greek phrasis, or “speech.”

Definitions of rephrase
  1. verb

    express the same message in different words


    paraphrase, reword

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    express, as in simple and less technical language
    type of:

    ingeminate, iterate, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell

    to say, state, or perform again

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