A translation of words for the purpose of making them clearer.
Paraphrase means to reword something to clarify it.


Para in Latin means "beside of"
Phrase in Latin means "to speak"

Para phrase = beside of speak

An example:

Ben Franklin said: "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise."

I will paraphrase that and say: "Go to bed early, it’s good for you."


n. (par´a-fraz), n. to say the same thing in other words;

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.

v. t. 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."  ~ Stillingfleet

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