• (British) IPA: /ˈɛdɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈɛdɪt/, [ˈɛɾɪʔt̚]

edit (plural edits)

  1. A change to the text of a document.
  2. (computing) A change in the text of a file, a website or the code of software.
  3. (comedy) An interruption or change to an improvised scene.
  4. (genetics) An alteration to the DNA sequence of a chromosome; an act of gene splicing.
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edit (edits, present participle editing; past and past participle edited)

  1. To change a text, or a document.
  2. (transitive) To be the editor of a publication.
    He edits the Chronicle.
    • 1912, L. Frank Baum, Aunt Jane's Nieces on Vacation Chapter 3
      "How?" responded Patsy; "why, it's easy enough, Uncle. We'll buy a press, hire a printer, and Beth and Louise will help me edit the paper. I'm sure I can exhibit literary talents of a high order, once they are encouraged to sprout. Louise writes lovely poetry and 'stories of human interest,' and Beth—"
  3. (computing) To change the contents of a file, website, etc.
    Wikipedia is an interactive encyclopedia which allows anybody to edit and improve articles.
  4. (biology) To alter the DNA sequence of a chromosome; to perform gene splicing.
    • Today, the technology to edit genomes is limited in the number of changes that can be made at once, which is probably one reason why the Harvard team focused on only 14 genes.
  5. To alter a film by cutting and splicing frames.
    • When the director approached Ms. Adair about his idea for “Boyhood,” shooting footage each of those 12 years, she immediately agreed to take part. The decision was made to edit the film progressively, cutting the scenes from each year after they were completed.
  6. (comedy) To cut short or otherwise alter an improvised scene.
  7. (ergative) To lend itself to editing in a certain way.
    • 2018, Gary Hudson, ‎Sarah Rowlands, The Broadcast Journalism Handbook
      The junior can offer to do the voxes, gaining experience and sparing the senior journalist the trouble. Always remember to think how the clips will edit together.
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