re·write • v. / rēˈrīt/ (past -wrote; past part. -writ·ten) [tr.] write (something) again so as to alter or improve it: the songs may have to be rewritten | [intr.] he began rewriting, adding more and more layers. • n. / ˈrēˌrīt/ an instance of writing something again so as to alter or improve it. ∎ a piece of text that has been altered or improved in such a way.PHRASES: rewrite history select or interpret events from the past in a way that suits one's own particular purposes.rewrite the record books (of an athlete) break a record or several records.