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Editing, adapting and proofreading

abridge

verb

to produce a shorter form of a book, play etc by making cuts in the original

adapt

verb

to change a book or play so that it can be made into a film, TV programme etc

append

verb

to add something to the end of a piece of writing

bowdlerise

a British spelling of bowdlerize

bowdlerize

verb

to remove the parts of a book, film, or play that are likely to offend people, with the result that it is not as good

censor

verb

to remove parts of a book, film, letter etc for moral, religious, or political reasons

compress

verb

to write something in fewer words

condense

verb

to make a piece of writing shorter by removing some parts

cut

verb

to make something such as a piece of writing, a speech, a film, or a broadcast shorter by removing parts from it

cut

verb

to remove parts from something such as a piece of writing, a speech, a film, or a broadcast, especially because they are not suitable

cut down

to make something such as a speech or piece of writing shorter

delete

verb

to remove or cross out something that has been written

dramatise

a British spelling of dramatize

dramatize

verb

to make a book or story into a play

edit

verb

to produce a book by choosing, arranging, and explaining things that other people have written

emend

verb

to correct mistakes in something, especially a piece of writing before it is printed

erase

verb

to remove writing, drawing, or marks made by a pencil or pen by rubbing it off with a rubber. A more usual British word is rub out.

excise

verb

to remove part of a book or film, for example because it is considered offensive

fictionalise

a British spelling of fictionalize

fictionalize

verb

to use a real event as the story for a book, play, or film by changing some details

hack

verb

to spoil a piece of writing by removing or changing a lot of its parts

interpolate

verb

to add something in the middle of a piece of writing

mark up

to correct or write notes or instructions on a piece of writing, especially before it is published

pad out

to put unnecessary information into something to make it longer

paginate

verb

to put a number on each page of a book or other document

paragraph

verb

to organize a piece of writing into paragraphs

proof

verb

to proofread

proofread

verb

to read something written or printed and mark any mistakes so that they can be corrected

read

verb

used for telling someone about mistakes in printing

read through

to read all of a document, book etc in order to check or correct it

redact

verb

to make changes to a document before it is published

rewrite

verb

to make changes to a piece of writing in order to make it better

rub out

to remove with a rubber something that you have written or drawn in pencil, especially because you have made a mistake

sanitise

a British spelling of sanitize

sanitize

verb

to take out from information, writing etc parts that might be offensive or unpleasant, usually in a way that makes them less interesting and less useful

score out

to draw a line through written words

scratch

verb

to remove something, for example a word from a sentence or something from a list

scratch out

to remove a word from a sentence or something from a list by drawing a line through it

strike

verb

to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them

strike out

to remove words from a document, for example by drawing a line through them

sub

verb

to subedit

subedit

verb

to read what someone else has written and find and correct their mistakes

tippex

verb

to cover a mistake in something you are writing or typing using Tipp-Ex

update

verb

to add the most recent information to something such as a book, document, or list

water down

to make something such as a statement or newspaper article less offensive, powerful, or detailed

write in

to add words or numbers that are missing from something

write out

to remove a character from a television or radio series by writing stories that do not include them

expurgate

verb

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