[ree-di-rekt, -dahy-]

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 formsre·di·rec·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for redirect

Contemporary Examples of redirect

Historical Examples of redirect

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for redirect


verb (tr)

to direct (someone or something) to a different place or by a different route
Derived Formsredirection, noun
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

Word Origin and History for redirect

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper