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paraphrase

par·a·phrase

paraphrase

 
 
pronunciation:
pae r freIz
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a restatement of a passage or text in somewhat different words so as to simplify or clarify.
The teacher used a paraphrase to help the students understand what Shakespeare meant in those two lines.
definition 2: the act or technique of so restating.
There is too much use of paraphrase in your paper and not enough of your own ideas.
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: paraphrased, paraphrases, paraphrasing
definition: to restate in somewhat different words.
I understood better after the lawyer paraphrased the statements that had been unclear.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to compose a paraphrase.
It's obvious that you've paraphrased here, but you've neglected to give your source.
derivations: paraphrastic (adj.), paraphrastically (adv.), paraphraser (n.)