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verb (used with object)

to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage.

to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.

to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction: to redeem a pawned watch.

to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.

to convert (paper money) into specie.

to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).

to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.

to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.

Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.



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Origin of redeem

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English redemen, from Middle French redimer, from Latin redimere, equivalent to red-red- + -imere, combining form of emere “to purchase” (cf. emptor, ransom)

synonym study for redeem

1-3. Redeem, ransom both mean to buy back. Redeem is wider in its application than ransom, and means to buy back, regain possession of, or exchange for money, goods, etc.: to redeem ones property. To ransom is to redeem a person from captivity by paying a stipulated price, or to redeem from sin by sacrifice: to ransom a kidnapped child.


pre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use redeem in a sentence

  • If the company grows without raising additional equity funding, founders redeem most of the equity right, based on a pre-agreed return amount.

  • It was an opportunity, eight months after the United States confirmed its first coronavirus case, to redeem the nation’s devastating failures in organizing a regimen of testing, contact tracing and equipping medical workers with protective gear.

  • Tucker redeemed himself by connecting from 51 yards with just more than four minutes left.

  • Even when customers use them, there’s often either a small balance left on gift cards that’s never redeemed, or they spend additional cash beyond the card balance to get the product they want.

  • Tap Network aims to solve this problem by allowing customers to spend those points through a broader network of rewards, which can usually be redeemed at a lower point level.

  • Sports drinks and coconut water, which is lower in sugar, can also redeem electrolytes lost while drinking, says White.

  • Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have drawn wide attention and praise for their REDEEM Act.

  • In all of this lies the chance, also, for FIFA to redeem itself.

  • Now, thanks to a military man he fired, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he has a chance to redeem himself.

  • And that means it has to potential to redeem Christie—or make his already-hellish 2014 much, much worse.

  • He had to do something, for although all his land had been foreclosed on, he had two years to redeem the same.

  • And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the mighty.

  • Any person who is interested in a mortgaged estate has the right to redeem it; heirs, devisees, creditors.

  • But she seems able to take care of herself, and with that face and form, I guess she can redeem her fortunes any way she chooses.

  • The French war indemnity enabled him to redeem a considerable portion of the state debt and to remit certain taxes.

British Dictionary definitions for redeem

verb (tr)

to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain

to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash

to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)

to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)

to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie

to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)

to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods

to reinstate in someones estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action

to make amends for

to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment

Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross

Derived forms of redeem

redeemer, noun

Word Origin for redeem

C15: from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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