edit vs redact what difference

what is difference between edit and redact

English

Etymology

Back-formation from editor, influenced by French éditer (edit, publish) and Latin editus.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɛdɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɛdɪt/, [ˈɛɾɪʔt̚]
  • Rhymes: -ɛdɪt

Noun

edit (plural edits)

  1. A change to the text of a document.
  2. (computing) A change in the text of a file, a website or the code of software.
  3. An edited piece of media, especially video footage.
    An early edit of the film included a romantic subplot.
  4. (comedy) An interruption or change to an improvised scene.
  5. (genetics) An alteration to the DNA sequence of a chromosome; an act of gene splicing.

Derived terms

  • edit conflict
  • edit distance
  • edit war
  • heavy edit
  • light edit

Translations

Verb

edit (third-person singular simple present edits, present participle editing, simple past and past participle edited)

  1. To change a text, or a document.
    Your speech is too long. You need to edit it.
  2. To alter a photograph or recording of sound or video.
    We shot an hour-long interview then edited it down to 45 minutes.
  3. (transitive) To be the editor of a publication.
    He edits the Chronicle.
    • 1912, L. Frank Baum, Aunt Jane’s Nieces on Vacation Chapter 3
      “How?” responded Patsy; “why, it’s easy enough, Uncle. We’ll buy a press, hire a printer, and Beth and Louise will help me edit the paper. I’m sure I can exhibit literary talents of a high order, once they are encouraged to sprout. Louise writes lovely poetry and ‘stories of human interest,’ and Beth—”
  4. (computing) To change the contents of a file, website, etc.
    Wikipedia is an interactive encyclopedia which allows anybody to edit and improve articles.
  5. (biology) To alter the DNA sequence of a chromosome; to perform gene splicing.
    • Today, the technology to edit genomes is limited in the number of changes that can be made at once, which is probably one reason why the Harvard team focused on only 14 genes.
  6. To assemble a film by cutting and splicing raw footage.
    • When the director approached Ms. Adair about his idea for “Boyhood,” shooting footage each of those 12 years, she immediately agreed to take part. The decision was made to edit the film progressively, cutting the scenes from each year after they were completed.
  7. (comedy) To cut short or otherwise alter an improvised scene.
  8. (ergative) To lend itself to editing in a certain way.
    • 2018, Gary Hudson, Sarah Rowlands, The Broadcast Journalism Handbook
      The junior can offer to do the voxes, gaining experience and sparing the senior journalist the trouble. Always remember to think how the clips will edit together.

Synonyms

  • (change a text, document, etc.): retouch, fix up, alter
  • (alter a DNA sequence): splice
  • (alter a film): cut

Related terms

  • copy edit
  • edit out
  • editable
  • edition
  • editor
  • editorial
  • editosome
  • subedit
  • re-edit

Translations

Anagrams

  • -tide, DIET, Diet, diet, dite, diët, tide, tied

Latin

Etymology 1

Form of the verb edō (I eat).

Verb

edit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of edō
  2. third-person singular present active subjunctive of edō

Verb

ēdit

  1. third-person singular perfect active indicative of edō

Etymology 2

Form of the verb ēdō (I dispatch).

Verb

ēdit

  1. third-person singular present active indicative of ēdō


English

Etymology

From Old French redacter, from Latin redactus, perfect passive participle of redigō (drive, lead, collect, reduce), from re- (back) + agō (put in motion, drive).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɹɪˈdækt/
  • Rhymes: -ækt

Verb

redact (third-person singular simple present redacts, present participle redacting, simple past and past participle redacted)

  1. To censor, to black out or remove parts of a document while releasing the remainder.
    The military will redact the document before releasing it, blacking out sections that are classified.
    The names and email addresses of the users were redacted from the public data.
  2. (law) To black out legally protected sections of text in a document provided to opposing counsel, typically as part of the discovery process.
  3. To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit. [from 19th c.]
  4. (rare) To draw up or frame a decree, statement, etc. [from 19th c.]
  5. (obsolete) To bring together in one unit; to combine or bring together into one. [15th-16th c.]
  6. (obsolete) To gather or organize works or ideas into a unified whole; to collect, order, or write in a written document or to put into a particular written form. [15th-17th c.]
  7. (obsolete, rare) To insert or assimilate into a written system or scheme. [16th c.]
  8. (obsolete, rare) To bring an area of study within the comprehension capacity of a person. [17th c.]
  9. (obsolete) To reduce to a particular condition or state, especially one that is undesirable. [16th-18th c.]
  10. (obsolete) To reduce something physical to a certain form, especially by destruction. [16th-17th c.]

Derived terms

  • redaction
  • redactor
  • unredact

Translations

See also

  • abridge
  • censor
  • digest
  • edit
  • summarise, summarize
  • bowdlerise, bowdlerize

Further reading

  • redact in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • redact in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • redact at OneLook Dictionary Search

Anagrams

  • carted, cedrat, crated, traced

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