- 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 redeemed
Prizes may not be exchanged or redeemed for cash, sold, or traded.
However, Martin redeemed himself when correctly guessing a fake expletive-laden clue read by Meyers.Amy Poehler and George R.R. Martin Play Game of ‘Game of Thrones’
October 29, 2014
Of course, she immediately embraces Venkman—himself now redeemed—and the film concludes on a triumphant note.The Scathing Sexual Politics of ‘Ghostbusters’
June 7, 2014
After praying for forgiveness, Fotros was redeemed by the Imam Ali who gave him back his wings.Iran’s Drone War in Syria
May 14, 2014
American declinism is the prophetic motif: If you will pray, thou shalt be redeemed.Sunday Q&A: Josef Joffe on the Myth of American Decline
November 17, 2013
He might have redeemed his character; he had nothing but good examples before him.The Fat and the Thin
And how nobly since that he has, by the grace of Heaven, redeemed and consecrated his life.Victor's Triumph
Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
They could be redeemed piece by piece when money was more plentiful.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
If the world is to be redeemed, it must be by the conscience of the individual voter.
“There is an impertinence which is redeemed by wit,” said Sir Charles, severely.Danger! and Other Stories
Arthur Conan Doyle
- 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 redeemed
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.