- 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.
Origin of redeem
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Examples from the Web for redeem
Sports drinks and coconut water, which is lower in sugar, can also redeem electrolytes lost while drinking, says White.5 Hangover Cures to Save You After a Few Too Many
December 19, 2014
Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have drawn wide attention and praise for their REDEEM Act.Why Isn’t Prison Justice on the Ballot This Tuesday?
Inimai Chettiar, Abigail Finkelman
November 1, 2014
In all of this lies the chance, also, for FIFA to redeem itself.Best Way to Punish Putin? No World Cup
July 20, 2014
Now, thanks to a military man he fired, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he has a chance to redeem himself.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
And that means it has to potential to redeem Christie—or make his already-hellish 2014 much, much worse.This Civil War Reenactor Controls Christie’s Fate
March 5, 2014
And by our dreams and labors we will redeem the promise of America in the 21st century.
But as to doing what he wills with a word—see what it cost him to redeem the world!Weighed and Wanting
Is it possible to do nothing to redeem these poor people, father, from captivity?
Offices which are but pledges that we are expected to redeem.
I reject the monstrous theory that while a man may redeem the past, a woman never can.The Eternal City
- 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 someone's 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
Word Origin and History for redeem
early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.