- a restatement of a text or passage giving the meaning in another form, as for clearness; rewording.
- the act or process of restating or rewording.
verb (used with object), par·a·phrased, par·a·phras·ing.
- to render the meaning of in a paraphrase: to paraphrase a technical paper for lay readers.
verb (used without object), par·a·phrased, par·a·phras·ing.
- to make a paraphrase or paraphrases.
- an expression of a statement or text in other words, esp in order to clarify
- the practice of making paraphrases
- to put (something) into other words; restate (something)
v.c.1600, from paraphrase (n.) or from French paraphraser. Related: Paraphrased; paraphrasing. n.1540s, from Middle French paraphrase (1520s), from Latin paraphrasis “a paraphrase,” from Greek paraphrasis “a free rendering,” from paraphrazein “to tell in other words,” from para- “beside” (see para- (1)) + phrazein “to tell” (see phrase (n.)). A restatement of speech or writing that retains the basic meaning while changing the words. A paraphrase often clarifies the original statement by putting it into words that are more easily understood.