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[ree-di-rekt, -dahy-] /ˌri dɪˈrɛkt, -daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to direct again.
to change the direction or focus of:
He redirected the children's energies toward building a sand castle instead of throwing sand at each other.
Law. pertaining to the examination of a witness by the party calling him or her, after cross-examination.
Origin of redirect
First recorded in 1835-45; re- + direct
Related forms
redirection, noun Unabridged
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  • Again we step in and redirect his impulse; we put on his baubles and strut for him.

    The Joys of Being a Woman Winifred Kirkland
  • It operates not to perpetuate the forces which produced it but to modify and redirect them.

  • And perhaps in redirect some of the damage could be repaired.

  • "One moment," said Badger, detaining Dr. Thornton for the redirect.

    The Incendiary W. A. (William Augustine) Leahy
  • And that fact must, and does, daily redirect human pugnacity.

    The Great Illusion Norman Angell
  • He had completed what he had to say; Mr. Hunter had announced he didn't intend to make a redirect examination.

British Dictionary definitions for redirect


/ˌriːdɪˈrɛkt; ˌriːdaɪ-/
verb (transitive)
to direct (someone or something) to a different place or by a different route
Derived Forms
redirection, noun
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Word Origin and History for redirect

1805 (implied in redirected), from re- "back, again" + direct (v.). Related: Redirecting.

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