Meaning of “paraphrase” in the English Dictionary

(Definition of “paraphrase” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paraphraseverb [ T ]

us /ˈpær·əˌfreɪz/

to state something written or spoken in different words, esp. in a shorter and simpler form to make the meaning clearer:

I’ll have to paraphrase it because I didn’t get a chance to memorize it.

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