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[ ri-deem ]

verb (used with object)

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

    His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.

    Synonyms: compensate, counterbalance

  2. to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, coupons, points, etc.) for money or goods:

    I redeemed 25,000 points for a free night’s stay at the hotel.

    This coupon can be redeemed at any grocery store.

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

    to redeem a mortgage.

    Synonyms: square, discharge

    Antonyms: forsake, imprison

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

    Synonyms: repurchase, regain, reclaim

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

    to redeem a pawned watch.

    Synonyms: repurchase, regain, reclaim

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

    Synonyms: ransom, rescue, liberate, free

  7. Christianity. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
  8. to convert (paper money) into coins.
  9. to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).


/ rɪˈdiːm /


  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 favour

    he 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
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Derived Forms

  • reˈdeemer, noun
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Other Words From

  • pre·re·deem verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of redeem1

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English redemen, from Middle French redimer, from Latin redimere, equivalent to red- red- + -imere, combining form of emere “to purchase” ( emptor, ransom )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of redeem1

C15: from Old French redimer , from Latin redimere to buy back, from red- re- + emere to buy
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Synonym Study

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.
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Example Sentences

If the company grows without raising additional equity funding, founders redeem most of the equity right, based on a pre-agreed return amount.

It was an opportunity, eight months after the United States confirmed its first coronavirus case, to redeem the nation’s devastating failures in organizing a regimen of testing, contact tracing and equipping medical workers with protective gear.

Tucker redeemed himself by connecting from 51 yards with just more than four minutes left.

Even when customers use them, there’s often either a small balance left on gift cards that’s never redeemed, or they spend additional cash beyond the card balance to get the product they want.

From Fortune

Tap Network aims to solve this problem by allowing customers to spend those points through a broader network of rewards, which can usually be redeemed at a lower point level.

Sports drinks and coconut water, which is lower in sugar, can also redeem electrolytes lost while drinking, says White.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) may have drawn wide attention and praise for their REDEEM Act.

In all of this lies the chance, also, for FIFA to redeem itself.

Now, thanks to a military man he fired, retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, he has a chance to redeem himself.

And that means it has to potential to redeem Christie—or make his already-hellish 2014 much, much worse.

He had to do something, for although all his land had been foreclosed on, he had two years to redeem the same.

And I will deliver thee out of the hand of the wicked, and I will redeem thee out of the hand of the mighty.

Any person who is interested in a mortgaged estate has the right to redeem it; heirs, devisees, creditors.

But she seems able to take care of herself, and with that face and form, I guess she can redeem her fortunes any way she chooses.

The French war indemnity enabled him to redeem a considerable portion of the state debt and to remit certain taxes.