What does paraphrase mean?

Definitions for paraphrase
ˈpær əˌfreɪzpara·phrase

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paraphrase, paraphrasis(verb)

    rewording for the purpose of clarification

  2. paraphrase, rephrase, reword(verb)

    express the same message in different words


  1. paraphrase(Noun)

    a restatement of a text in different words, often to clarify meaning

  2. paraphrase(Noun)

    a similar restatement as an educational exercise

  3. paraphrase(Verb)

    to restate something as, or to compose a paraphrase

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paraphrase(noun)

    a restatement of a text, passage, or work, expressing the meaning of the original in another form, generally for the sake of its clearer and fuller exposition; a setting forth the signification of a text in other and ampler terms; a free translation or rendering; -- opposed to metaphrase

  2. Paraphrase(verb)

    to express, interpret, or translate with latitude; to give the meaning of a passage in other language

  3. Paraphrase(verb)

    to make a paraphrase

  4. Origin: [L. paraphrasis, Gr. para`frasis, from parafra`zein to say the same thing in other words; para` beside + fra`zein to speak: cf. F. paraphrase. See Para-, and Phrase.]


  1. Paraphrase

    A paraphrase is a restatement of the meaning of a text or passage using other words. The term itself is derived via Latin paraphrasis from Greek παράφρασις, meaning "additional manner of expression". The act of paraphrasing is also called "paraphrasis". A paraphrase typically explains or clarifies the text that is being paraphrased. For example, "The signal was red" might be paraphrased as "The train was not allowed to pass because the signal was red". A paraphrase is usually introduced with a verbum dicendi​—​a declaratory expression to signal the transition to the paraphrase. For example, in "The signal was red, that is, the train was not allowed to proceed," the that is signals the paraphrase that follows. A paraphrase does not need to accompany a direct quotation, but when this is so, the paraphrase typically serves to put the source's statement into perspective or to clarify the context in which it appeared. A paraphrase is typically more detailed than a summary. One should add the source at the end of the sentence, for example: When the light was red trains could not go. Paraphrase may attempt to preserve the essential meaning of the material being paraphrased. Thus, the reinterpretation of a source to infer a meaning that is not explicitly evident in the source itself qualifies as "original research," and not as paraphrase.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Paraphrase

    par′a-frāz, n. a saying of the same thing in other words, often more fully and more clearly: an explanation of a passage: a loose or free translation: (Scot.) one of a certain number of Scripture passages turned into verse for use in the service of praise.—v.t. to say the same thing in other words: to render more fully: to interpret or translate freely.—v.i. to make a paraphrase.—n. Par′aphrast, one who paraphrases.—adjs. Paraphrast′ic, -al, of the nature of a paraphrase: more clear and ample than the original passage: free, loose, diffuse.—adv. Paraphrast′ically.—Paraphrastic conjugation, one composed of the verb sum (am) with participial forms of the verbs conjugated (amaturus sum, &c.). [Fr.,—L.,—Gr. paraphrasispara, beside, phrasis, a speaking—phrazein, to speak.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paraphrase in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paraphrase in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of paraphrase in a Sentence

  1. Coverage Gingrich:

    So, to paraphrase Ted Cruz.

  2. Shaquille ONeal:

    N.B. This quotation is a paraphrase of a much older quote by Aristotle, which see.

  3. Patrick Marsh:

    To paraphrase a Danish proverb, it's dangerous to make seasonal tornado predictions, especially about the future.

  4. Kris Vosburgh:

    The public has turned sour on this plan but the governor, to paraphrase Admiral Farragut, has taken a position of 'damn the people, full speed ahead'.

  5. Dr. Laura Schlessinger:

    If you're bored, you're boring....get a life....try something new, take a class, be interesting. (This is not an exact quote but a paraphrase)

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