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Pronunciation:  'purafrus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  rewording for the purpose of clarification
  2. [v]  express the same message in different words

PARAPHRASE is a 10 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: paraphrasis, rephrase, reword
 See Also: ingeminate, iterate, recasting, reiterate, repeat, rephrasing, restate, retell, rewording, translate, translation



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Par"a*phrase\, n. [L. paraphrasis, Gr. ?, from ? to
    say the same thing in other words; ? beside + ? to speak: cf.
    F. paraphrase. See {Para-}, and {Phrase}.]
    A restatement of a text, passage, or work, expressing the
    meaning of the original in another form, generally for the
    sake of its clearer and fuller exposition; a setting forth
    the signification of a text in other and ampler terms; a free
    translation or rendering; -- opposed to metaphrase.
          In paraphrase, or translation with latitude, the
          author's words are not so strictly followed as his
          sense.                                   --Dryden.
          Excellent paraphrases of the Psalms of David. --I.
          His sermons a living paraphrase upon his practice.
          The Targums are also called the Chaldaic or Aramaic
          Paraphrases.                             --Shipley.
  2. \Par"a*phrase\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Paraphrased}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Paraphrasing}.]
    To express, interpret, or translate with latitude; to give
    the meaning of a passage in other language.
          We are put to construe and paraphrase our own words.
  3. \Par"a*phrase\, v. i.
    To make a paraphrase.
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