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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To prepare (written material) for publication or presentation, as by correcting, revising, or adapting.
  • transitive v. To prepare an edition of for publication: edit a collection of short stories.
  • transitive v. To modify or adapt so as to make suitable or acceptable: edited her remarks for presentation to a younger audience.
  • transitive v. To supervise the publication of (a newspaper or magazine, for example).
  • transitive v. To assemble the components of (a film or soundtrack, for example), as by cutting and splicing.
  • transitive v. To eliminate; delete: edited the best scene out.
  • n. An act or instance of editing: made several last-minute edits for reasons of space.
  • edit in To insert during the course of editing: An additional scene was edited in before the show was aired.
  • edit out To delete during the course of editing: A controversial scene was edited out of the film.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A change to the text of a document.
  • v. To change a text, or a document.
  • v. To be the editor of a publication.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To superintend the publication of; to revise and prepare for publication; to select, correct, arrange, etc., the matter of, for publication.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put forth; issue; publish.
  • To make a recension or revision of, as a manuscript or printed book; prepare for publication or other use in a clarified, altered, corrected, or annotated form; collate, verify, elucidate, amend, etc., for general or special use.
  • To supervise the preparation of for publication; control, select, or adapt the contents of, as a newspaper, magazine, encyclopedia, or other collective work.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cut or eliminate
  • v. cut and assemble the components of
  • v. prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting
  • v. supervise the publication of

Etymologies

Partly back-formation from editor and partly from French éditer, to publish (from Latin ēditus, past participle of ēdere : ē-, ex-, ex- + dare, to give).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from editor, influenced by French éditer ‘edit, publish’. (Wiktionary)

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