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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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Last Updated May 26, 2023.

Paraphrasing refers to restating or rephrasing a passage or text in one's own words while maintaining the original meaning. It involves expressing a work's ideas, themes, or events in a more concise or simplified manner. Paraphrasing is often used to clarify complex concepts, summarize information, or provide a different perspective on the original text. 


Paraphrase comes from the Greek word paraphrazein, from para ("beyond, beside") and phrazein ("to tell"). 


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