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[ree-di-rekt, -dahy-]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to direct again.
  2. 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.
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  1. Law. pertaining to the examination of a witness by the party calling him or her, after cross-examination.
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Origin of redirect

First recorded in 1835–45; re- + direct
Related formsre·di·rec·tion, noun
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Related Words for redirect

convert, return, shift, move, transform, twist, switch, swing, change, repress, alter, deflect, redirect, swerve, avert, veer, digress, depart, curve, vary

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)
  1. to direct (someone or something) to a different place or by a different route
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Derived Formsredirection, noun
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Word Origin and History for redirect


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

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