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

      

    edit

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they edit
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪt//
     
    he / she / it edits
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪts//
     
    past simple edited
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪtɪd//
     
    past participle edited
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form editing
    BrE BrE//ˈedɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈedɪtɪŋ//
     
    Writing and publishing, Producing TV shows, Making films
     
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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 draft text will need to be edited. This is the edited version of my speech (= some parts have been taken out). See related entries: Writing and publishing
  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 Isaiah Berlin.
  3. 3[transitive, intransitive] edit (something) (computing) to make changes to text or data on screen You can download the file and edit it on your computer.
  4. 4[transitive] edit something when somebody edits a film/movie, television programme, 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. CollocationsCinema/​the moviesWatching go to/​take somebody to (see) a film/​movie go to/​sit in (British English) the cinema/(North American English) the (movie) theater rent a film/​movie/​DVD download/​stream a film/​movie burn/​copy/​rip a DVD see/​watch a film/​movie/​DVD/​preview/​trailerShowing show/​screen a film/​movie promote/​distribute/​review a film/​movie (British English) be on at the cinema be released on/​come out on/​be out on DVD captivate/​delight/​grip/​thrill the audience do well/​badly at the box office get a lot of/​live up to the hypeFilm-making write/​co-write a film/​movie/​script/​screenplay direct/​produce/​make/​shoot/​edit a film/​movie/​sequel make a romantic comedy/​a thriller/​an action movie do/​work on a sequel/​remake film/​shoot the opening scene/​an action sequence/​footage (of something) compose/​create/​do/​write the soundtrack cut/​edit (out) a scene/​sequenceActing have/​get/​do an audition get/​have/​play a leading/​starring/​supporting role play a character/​James Bond/​the bad guy act in/​appear in/​star in a film/​movie/​remake do/​perform/​attempt a stunt work in/​make it big in Hollywood forge/​carve/​make/​pursue a career in HollywoodDescribing films the camera pulls back/​pans over something/​zooms in (on something) the camera focuses on something/​lingers on something shoot somebody/​show somebody in extreme close-up use odd/​unusual camera angles be filmed/​shot on location/​in a studio be set/​take place in London/​in the ’60s have a happy ending/​plot twist See related entries: Producing TV shows, Making films
  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. Word Origin late 18th cent. (as a verb): partly a back-formation from editor, reinforced by French éditer ‘to edit’ (from édition ‘edition’). Phrasal Verbsedit somethingout (of something)