What does redeem mean?

Definitions for redeem

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deliver, redeem, saveverb

    save from sins

  2. redeemverb

    restore the honor or worth of

  3. redeemverb

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

  4. ransom, redeemverb

    exchange or buy back for money; under threat

  5. redeem, pay offverb

    pay off (loans or promissory notes)

  6. redeemverb

    convert into cash; of commercial papers


  1. redeemverb

    To recover ownership of something by paying a sum.

  2. redeemverb

    To liberate by payment of a ransom.

  3. redeemverb

    To set free by force.

  4. redeemverb

    To save, rescue

  5. redeemverb

    To clear, release from debt or blame

  6. redeemverb

    To expiate, atone (for ...)

  7. redeemverb

    To convert (some bond or security) into cash

  8. redeemverb

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

  9. redeemverb

    To repair, restore

  10. redeemverb

    To reform, change (for the better)

  11. redeemverb

    To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.

  12. redeemverb

    To reclaim

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To REDEEMverb

    Etymology: redimo, Lat.

    The kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine inheritance. Ruth iv. 6.

    If, when I am laid into the tomb,
    I wake before the time that Romeo
    Comes to redeem me, there’s a fearful point. William Shakespeare.

    Thy father
    Levied an army, weening to redeem
    And re-instal me in the diadem. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.

    Th’ almighty from the grave
    Hath me redeem’d; he will the humble save. George Sandys.

    Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Ps. xxv.

    Redeem from this reproach my wand’ring ghost. Dryden.

    Waywardly proud; and therefore bold, because extremely faulty; and yet having no good thing to redeem these. Philip Sidney.

    This feather stirs, she lives; if it be so,
    It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows
    That ever I have felt. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Having committed a fault, he became the more obsequious and pliant to redeem it. Henry Wotton.

    Think it not hard, if at so cheap a rate
    You can secure the constancy of fate,
    Whose kindness sent what does your malice seem
    By lesser ills the greater to redeem. Dryden.

    Thou hast one daughter,
    Who redeems nature from the general curse,
    Which twain have brought her to. William Shakespeare.

    Which of you will be mortal to redeem
    Man’s mortal crime. John Milton.


  1. redeem

    Redeem generally refers to compensating for the faults, mistakes, or defects in something or someone. It can also mean gaining or regaining possession of something in exchange for payment, or fulfilling or carrying out a promise or action. In a religious context, redeem can refer to being saved from sin, error, or evil.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Redeemverb

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

  2. Redeemverb

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

  3. Redeemverb

    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. Redeemverb

    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. Redeemverb

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

  6. Redeemverb

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

  7. Redeemverb

    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

  8. Etymology: [F. rdimer, L. redimere; pref. red-, re- re- + emere, emptum, to buy, originally, to take, cf. OIr. em (in comp.), Lith. imti. Cf. Assume, Consume, Exempt, Premium, Prompt, Ransom.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Redeem

    rē-dēm′, v.t. to ransom: to relieve from captivity by a price: to rescue, deliver: to pay the penalty of: to atone for: to perform, as a promise: to improve, put to the best advantage: to recover, as a pledge.—adj. Redeem′able, that may be redeemed.—ns. Redeem′ableness; Redeem′er, one who redeems or ransoms, esp. Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.—adjs. Redeem′ing, saving: good, as exceptional to what is bad; Redeem′less, incurable; Redemp′tive, pertaining to redemption: serving or tending to redeem; Redemp′tory, serving to redeem: paid for ransom. [O. Fr. redimer—L. redimĕrered-, back, emĕre, to buy.]

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  1. deemer

  2. remede

  3. meered

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of redeem in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of redeem in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of redeem in a Sentence

  1. Imam Gamal Fouda:

    We are here in our hundreds and thousands unified for one purpose – that hate will be undone, and love will redeem us.

  2. Nawaz Sharif:

    Pakistan is resolved to redeem its pledge given to its founding fathers that it will protect the homeland.

  3. Fernando Machado:

    Sometimes someone has a poor connection, or maybe one specific restaurant out of 14,000 may not have been geolocated properly or somebody tried to redeem the coupon during breakfast.

  4. George Papadopoulos:

    My entire life has been turned upside down, I hope to have a second chance to redeem myself.

  5. Voddie Baucham:

    Christ came to redeem us from our sin and our sin is in here, not out there.

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  • خلصArabic
  • vykoupit, vyplatit, proplatitCzech
  • IndløsDanish
  • wiederherstellen, verbessern, loslösen, befreien, zurückkaufen, einl, einlösenGerman
  • εξαγοράζω, εξαργυρώνωGreek
  • redimirSpanish
  • بازپرداختPersian
  • [[maksaa]] [[lunnaat]], armahtaa, korjata, sovittaa, vapahtaa, [[ostaa]] [[takaisin]], vapauttaa, lunastaa, [[palauttaa]] [[kunnia]], uudistaa, pelastaaFinnish
  • racheterFrench
  • slánaighIrish
  • aachionnee, kionnee reesht, feayshilManx
  • के एवजHindi
  • megváltHungarian
  • menebusIndonesian
  • riscattare, redimereItalian
  • לִפְדוֹתHebrew
  • 買い戻す, あがなう, 償還する, 回復するJapanese
  • 도로 사다Korean
  • redeemLatin
  • redden, uitboeten, bevrijden, aflossen, terugkopen, vrijkopen, verlossen, afbetalen, genoegdoen, herstellen, omzetten, inlossenDutch
  • innløseNorwegian
  • spieniężać, wykupićPolish
  • resgatar, redimirPortuguese
  • răscumpăraRomanian
  • искупать, обелить, обелять, искупить, выкупить, улучшаться, улучшиться, выкупатьRussian
  • vnovčitiSlovene
  • frälsa, l, gottgöra, sonaSwedish
  • மீட்டுTamil
  • విమోచనంTelugu
  • ไถ่ถอนThai
  • temizlemek, iyileştirmek, temize çıkarmak, eski duruma döndürmek, aklamak, tadilat yapmak, kurtarmak, geri almak, arıtmakTurkish
  • викупитиUkrainian
  • موصولUrdu
  • chuộc lạiVietnamese
  • ויסלייזןYiddish
  • 贖回Chinese

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