What is the definition of paraphrase?

The definition of paraphrase is the reformulation of a passage of text that conveys its basic meaning.

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Last Updated on February 25, 2021, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 56

Paraphrase (also called rewording) - the restatement of a passage giving the meaning in another form. This usually involves expanding the original text so as to make it clear.

The term is from the Greek paraphrasis, meaning literally, “beside phrase,” and “beside speech.”

In contemporary usage, paraphrase normally is...

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Paraphrase (also called rewording) - the restatement of a passage giving the meaning in another form. This usually involves expanding the original text so as to make it clear.

The term is from the Greek paraphrasis, meaning literally, “beside phrase,” and “beside speech.”

In contemporary usage, paraphrase normally is synonymous with rewarding.


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