[ ri-deem ]
/ rɪˈdim /
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verb (used with object)



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Origin of redeem

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” (cf. emptor, ransom)
1-3. 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.
pre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for redeem

/ (rɪˈdiːm) /

verb (tr)

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