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redeeming

[ri-dee-ming]
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adjective
  1. offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like: a redeeming quality.

Origin of redeeming

First recorded in 1745–55; redeem + -ing2
Related formsun·re·deem·ing, adjective

redeem

[ri-deem]
verb (used with object)
  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.
  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.): His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
  8. to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
  9. Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.

Origin of redeem

1375–1425; late Middle English redemen < Middle French redimer < Latin redimere, equivalent to red- red- + -imere, combining form of emere to purchase (cf. emptor, ransom)
Related formspre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective

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1–3. repurchase. 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 one's 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. 8, 9. free, liberate, rescue, save.

Antonyms

1. abandon.
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British Dictionary definitions for redeeming

redeeming

adjective
  1. serving to compensate for faults or deficiencies in quality, etcone redeeming feature

redeem

verb (tr)
  1. to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
  2. to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
  3. to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
  4. to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
  5. to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
  6. to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
  7. to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
  8. to reinstate in someone's estimation or good opinion; restore to favourhe redeemed himself by his altruistic action
  9. to make amends for
  10. to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
  11. Christianity (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
Derived Formsredeemer, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy
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Word Origin and History for redeeming

redeem

v.

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.

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