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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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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.

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

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In contemporary usage, paraphrase normally is synonymous with rewarding.

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