January 22, 2018
edit (verb)
\ED-it\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : to correct, revise, and prepare for publication or public presentation b : to assemble (as a film or tape recording) by cutting and rearranging2 : to direct the publication of
How do you use it?
Antonio edited his college essay one last time before submitting it with the rest of his application.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "edit" was created by shortening the noun "editor," meaning "a person who corrects, revises, and prepares something for publication." Which of the words below do you think was similarly formed by shortening a noun?

The noun "emotion," meaning "strong feeling, excitement," was shortened to form the verb "emote," meaning "to give expression to emotion in or as if in a play." A word formed after taking away a part of an already existing longer word is called a "back-formation." Another verb created by back-formation from a noun is "zip" in the sense of "to close or open with a zipper," which was created from "zipper." One other example is "legislate," which came from "legislator" and means "to make laws" or "to cause, establish, or regulate by legislation."
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