Definition of “edit” - English Dictionary

“edit” in British English

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editverb [ T ]

uk /ˈed.ɪt/ us /ˈed.ɪt/

B2 to make changes to a text or film, deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, in order to prepare it for being printed or shown:

Janet edited books for a variety of publishers.
The movie's 129 minutes were edited down from 150 hours of footage.

to be in charge of the reports in a newspaper or magazine, etc.:

He edits a national newspaper.

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  • She edits a women's magazine.
  • I've edited manuscripts now for 20 years.
  • Her words were heavily edited.
  • I tend to edit on screen for the sake of speed.
  • We edited the script down to 60 pages.
editing
noun [ U ] uk /ˈed.ɪ.tɪŋ/ us /ˈed.ɪ.t̬ɪŋ/

Filming the documentary took two months, but editing took another four.

Phrasal verb(s)

edit noun [ C, usually singular ] (TEXT)

an act of making changes to a text or film, deciding what will be removed and what will be kept in, in order to prepare it for being printed or shown:

The article needed a thorough edit before it could be published.

edit noun [ C, usually singular ] (CLOTHES)

a range of clothes or other goods that has been chosen for a particular purpose, or to be worn or used at a particular time:

Check out the delightful dresses in our new summer edit.

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

“edit” in American English

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editverb [ T ]

us /ˈed·ət/

to prepare text or film for printing or viewing by correcting mistakes, deciding what will be removed, etc., or to be in charge of what is reported in a newspaper, magazine, etc.:

He edits the local newspaper.

If you edit something out, you remove it before it is broadcast or printed:

[ M ] Some of the best jazz performances were recorded in the 1930s, before musicians had the luxury of editing out mistakes.

(Definition of “edit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“edit” in Business English

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editverb [ T ]

uk /ˈedɪt/ us

IT, COMMUNICATIONS to make changes to a text, film, etc., correcting mistakes or removing some parts, especially in order to prepare it for being printed or shown:

We may edit your letters for length or clarity.
When you edit video on a PC, the software allows you to trim scenes by a fraction of a second if you wish.
A wiki is a web page that can be edited by any reader.

to be in charge of a newspaper, magazine, etc. and decide what will be published in it:

She was the first woman to edit a national newspaper.
editing
noun [ U ] /ˈedɪtɪŋ/ /-ṱɪŋ/

You can set combinations of restrictions and passwords on documents to control opening, viewing, and editing.

Phrasal verb(s)

(Definition of “edit” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)