[ ri-dee-ming ]
/ rɪˈdi mɪŋ /


offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like: a redeeming quality.

Nearby words

  1. redear sunfish,
  2. redecorate,
  3. redeem,
  4. redeemable,
  5. redeemer,
  6. redeeming feature,
  7. redefine,
  8. redefinition,
  9. redeliver,
  10. redemand

Origin of redeeming

First recorded in 1745–55; redeem + -ing2

Related formsun·re·deem·ing, adjective


[ ri-deem ]
/ rɪˈdim /

verb (used with object)

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)

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.

Related formspre·re·deem, verb (used with object)un·re·deemed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for redeeming


/ (rɪˈdiːmɪŋ) /


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


/ (rɪˈdiːm) /

verb (tr)

Derived Formsredeemer, noun

Word Origin for redeem

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



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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