Definition of paraphrase verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

paraphrase

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verb
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they paraphrase
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
 
he / she / it paraphrases
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪzɪz//
 
past simple paraphrased
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪzd//
 
past participle paraphrased
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪzd//
 
-ing form paraphrasing
BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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[transitive, intransitive] paraphrase (something) to express what somebody has said or written using different words, especially in order to make it easier to understand Try to paraphrase the question before you answer it. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a noun): via Latin from Greek paraphrasis, from paraphrazein, from para- (expressing modification) + phrazein ‘tell’.
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