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verb (used with object), re·dis·trib·ut·ed, re·dis·trib·ut·ing.
  1. to distribute again or anew: The corporation will redistribute its share of the profits to its stockholders.
  2. to alter the distribution of; apportion differently: Let's redistribute the work more fairly.
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Origin of redistribute

First recorded in 1605–15; re- + distribute
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Related Words for redistribute

reorganize, revamp, readjust, reconstruct, rework, reposition, reshuffle, shift, replace, switch, order, change, reset, redistribute

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Historical Examples of redistribute

  • Ethan mustn't run away with the idea that the Tallmadge accumulations were only waiting for a lavish hand to redistribute.

    The Open Question

    Elizabeth Robins

  • Other men have attempted to redistribute the divisions and devise new modes of collecting the revenue.

  • Come to such a place this evening; all the neighbourhood will be there; we are going to redistribute the dwelling-houses.

    The Conquest of Bread

    Peter Kropotkin

  • This movement puzzled the newcomer until he suddenly realized that it was merely to redistribute the rouge on them.

    The Shadow

    Arthur Stringer

  • This ovular migration may serve to redistribute eggs to the oviducts when the ovaries are functioning at unequal rates.

British Dictionary definitions for redistribute


verb (tr)
  1. to distribute (something) again or differently
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Derived Formsredistributive, adjective
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Word Origin and History for redistribute


1610s, from re- "back, again" + distribute. Related: Redistributed; redistributing.

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