When you make a revision, you go about editing or rethinking whatever it is you’re working on. So that paper on Donald Duck’s influence in national politics? It could probably use a revision or two.

The word revision is made up of re, as in “repeat” or “redo,” and vision. So you can think of a revision as a redo of your original vision. It’s related to the word revise, which is the act of making changes to something original. Just about anything can get revised, from a script that needs rewrites to a wardrobe with some questionable pieces.

Definitions of revision
  1. noun

    the act of revising or altering (involving reconsideration and modification)

    “it would require a drastic
    revision of his opinion”
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    distraction, misdirection

    the act of distracting; drawing someone’s attention away from something

    the act of modifying or adjusting according to due measure and proportion (as with regard to artistic effect)

    the act of modifying or changing the strength of some idea

    an extensive alteration of the structure of a corporation or government
    metamorphosis, transfiguration

    a striking change in appearance or character or circumstances
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    transformation, translation

    the act of changing in form or shape or appearance

  2. noun

    the act of rewriting something

    rescript, revisal, revise
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    revising, rewriting

    editing that involves writing something again

  3. noun

    something that has been written again

    rescript, rewrite
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    piece of writing, writing, written material

    the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

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