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



BrE BrE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpærəfreɪz//
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a statement that expresses something that somebody has written or said using different words, especially in order to make it easier to understand Word Originmid 16th cent. (as a noun): via Latin from Greek paraphrasis, from paraphrazein, from para- (expressing modification) + phrazein ‘tell’.
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