Definitions for redeemrɪˈdim

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to buy or pay off; clear by payment:

    to redeem a mortgage.

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

  3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction:

    to redeem a pawned watch.

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

    Category: Stock Exchange, Business

  5. to convert (paper money) into specie.

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

  7. to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.).

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

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

    Category: Religion

Origin of redeem:

1375–1425; late ME redemen < MF redimer < L redimere=red-red - +-imere, comb. form of emere to purchase


Princeton's WordNet

  1. deliver, redeem, save(verb)

    save from sins

  2. redeem(verb)

    restore the honor or worth of

  3. redeem(verb)

    to turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange

  4. ransom, redeem(verb)

    exchange or buy back for money; under threat

  5. redeem, pay off(verb)

    pay off (loans or promissory notes)

  6. redeem(verb)

    convert into cash; of commercial papers

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. redeem(verb)ɪˈdim

    to make a bad experience seem slightly better

    The only thing that redeemed the vacation was the perfect weather.

  2. redeemɪˈdim

    to do sth good to try to compensate for sth bad you did

    He redeemed himself by taking us all out to dinner.

  3. redeemɪˈdim

    to exchange for money, services, or goods

    I redeemed my air miles for a flight to Miami.


  1. redeem(Verb)

    To recover ownership of something by paying a sum.

  2. redeem(Verb)

    To liberate by payment of a ransom.

  3. redeem(Verb)

    To set free by force.

  4. redeem(Verb)

    To save, rescue

  5. redeem(Verb)

    To clear, release from debt or blame

  6. redeem(Verb)

    To expiate, atone (for ...)

  7. redeem(Verb)

    To convert (some bond or security) into cash

  8. redeem(Verb)

    To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).

  9. redeem(Verb)

    To repair, restore

  10. redeem(Verb)

    To reform, change (for the better)

  11. redeem(Verb)

    To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.

  12. redeem(Verb)

    To reclaim

  13. Origin: Recorded since c.1425, from redemen, modified from redemer, redimer, from redimo, itself from re- + emo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Redeem(verb)

    to purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a stipulated price; to repurchase

  2. Redeem(verb)

    to recall, as an estate, or to regain, as mortgaged property, by paying what may be due by force of the mortgage

  3. Redeem(verb)

    to regain by performing the obligation or condition stated; to discharge the obligation mentioned in, as a promissory note, bond, or other evidence of debt; as, to redeem bank notes with coin

  4. Redeem(verb)

    to ransom, liberate, or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying a price or ransom; to ransom; to rescue; to recover; as, to redeem a captive, a pledge, and the like

  5. Redeem(verb)

    hence, to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law

  6. Redeem(verb)

    to make good by performing fully; to fulfill; as, to redeem one's promises

  7. Redeem(verb)

    to pay the penalty of; to make amends for; to serve as an equivalent or offset for; to atone for; to compensate; as, to redeem an error

Translations for redeem

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to buy back (something that has been pawned)

I'm going to redeem my gold watch.

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