paraphrase Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “paraphrase” in the English Dictionary

"paraphrase" in British English

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paraphraseverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈpær.ə.freɪz/  us   /ˈper-/
to ​repeat something written or ​spoken using different words, often in a ​humorousform or in a ​simpler and ​shorterform that makes the ​originalmeaningclearer
noun [C] uk   us  
She gave us a ​quick paraphrase of what had been said.
(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 ​simplerform to make the ​meaningclearer: I’ll have to paraphrase it because I didn’t get a ​chance to ​memorize it.
(Definition of paraphrase from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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