[ree-di-rekt, -dahy-]
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.
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for redirection

Contemporary Examples of redirection

Historical Examples of redirection

  • For prescribing and regulating the payment again of postage in case of redirection.


    Frederick John Melville

  • So, there may be undertaken the redirection of the work of the country school.

    Farm Boys and Girls

    William Arch McKeever

  • Local political organizations (much in need of redirection).

    The Challenge of the Country

    George Walter Fiske

  • That which a nervous invalid most needs is a redirection of energy.

    Outwitting Our Nerves

    Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury

  • It is hardly worth while to insist that the need for such a redirection has never been more strongly felt than at the present day.

British Dictionary definitions for redirection


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



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

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