?a. transitive. To prepare an edition of written work by (an author) for publication, by selecting and arranging the contents, adding commentary, etc.; to prepare (an edition of written work by one or more authors) in this manner; to prepare an edition of (such work) in this manner.
?b. transitive. More generally: to prepare (a piece of writing, copy for a newspaper or magazine, etc.) for publication or use by correcting, condensing, or otherwise modifying it. Now also intransitive.copy-edit, script-edit: see the first elements.
?c. transitive. To prepare (a film, audio recording, television or radio programme, etc.) by selecting and arranging its contents, cutting and splicing material, etc. Also intransitive. Cf. cut v. 21e.Cf. assemble-edit v.
?d. transitive. To modify or alter (editable data, text, etc.) on a computer.
?e. transitive. To make modifications or improvements to (a digital image or graphic) using a computer.
?2. transitive. To publish, bring forth to the public (a book or written work). Obsolete. ?[Chiefly in past participle, after classical Latin ēditus (see main etymology section).]
?3. transitive. To be or act as the editor in charge of (a newspaper, magazine, or similar publication, or of a particular section or aspect of this). Cf. editor n. 3a, 3b.See also art edit vb. at art n.1 Compounds 2.
?4. transitive. In extended use: to examine and modify (one's speech, thoughts, etc.), as if acting as an editor. Later also: to examine or assess (one's attributes or possessions) so as to select and remove what is unwanted or superfluous.
?5. transitive. Molecular Biology. To alter (a gene or other nucleotide sequence) by the insertion, deletion, or replacement of one or more nucleotides. Also (occasionally) intransitive: to carry out such alteration.
? transitive. To insert (material) into a text, film, audio or video recording, etc., by editing.
? transitive. To remove (material) from a text, film, audio or video recording, etc., by editing; to remove or omit (something unwanted or superfluous).
? indicates date of composition for this text (as opposed to date of documentary evidence). More