- To reduce to form, as literary matter; to digest and put in shape (matter for publication); to edit.
- To censor, used by a government when parts of a document are kept secret and the remainder released.
- The military will the document before releasing it, blacking out sections that are classified.
- To black out text for other purposes, such as in law, when legally protected sections of text are obscured in a document provided to opposing counsel, typically as part of the discovery process.
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