The best way I can ask this question is algebraically: "word is to synonym as sentence is to X"...what is X?

I'm looking for the name of the concept where two different sentences convey the same idea.

  • Like rephrasing or rewording?
    – Davo
    Aug 1, 2017 at 22:11
  • @Davo yes exactly
    – Henry
    Aug 2, 2017 at 17:36
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    Like rewording or rephrasing? Sep 1, 2017 at 19:55
  • Perhaps to be served concurrently?
    – Spencer
    Sep 1, 2017 at 23:50
  • There is no exact analogous single word for sentences. Two sentences 'have the same meaning', which is a predicate, not an adjective or noun.
    – Mitch
    Jan 30, 2018 at 3:27

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Rephrasing, from TFD:

re·phrase (rē-frāz′)

tr.v. re·phrased, re·phras·ing, re·phras·es

To phrase again, especially to state in a new, clearer, or different way.

Rewording, from TFD:

re·word (rē-wûrd′)

tr.v. re·word·ed, re·word·ing, re·words

  1. a. To change the wording of.

  2. b. To state or express again in different words.


A paraphrase is a restatement of text using other words.

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