American English

Definition of edit verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they edit
    he / she / it edits
    past simple edited
    -ing form editing
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] edit (something) to prepare a piece of writing, a book, etc. to be published by correcting the mistakes, making improvements to it, etc. I know that this rough draft will need to be edited. This is the edited version of my speech (= some parts have been taken out).
  2. 2[transitive] edit something to prepare a book to be published by collecting together and arranging pieces of writing by one or more authors He's editing a book of essays by Gore Vidal.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] edit (something) (computing) to make changes to text or data on a screen You can download the file and edit it on your computer.
  4. 4[transitive] edit something when someone edits a movie, television program, etc. they take what has been filmed or recorded and decide which parts to include and in which order They're showing the edited highlights of last month's game.
  5. 5[transitive] edit something to be responsible for planning and publishing a newspaper, magazine, etc. (= to be the editor) She used to edit a women's magazine.
  6. Phrasal Verbsedit somethingout (of something)
I had time to do a quick edit of my essay before handing it in.