1. use your own words to express someone else's message or ideas
I'm paraphrasing here
When you 'paraphrase' someone you are reporting something that someone else has said that is not a direct quote. A 'paraphrasing' of something (noun) is a rewording or something that was written or spoken. "Even if you are paraphrasing an author you need to cite the writer in the bibliography." To 'paraphrase' (verb) is to express the meaning of something using different words than the original, usually to achieve greater clarity or understanding. This is a term often used in academic or research contexts.