- Redeem is defined as to buy or get something back, pay off a loan, exchange one thing for another or convert into cash.
- An example of redeem is someone paying a pawn shop to get their watch back.
- An example of redeem is paying off a car loan.
- An example of redeem is turning in chips at a casino for money.
- to buy back
- to get back; recover, as by paying a fee
- to pay off (a mortgage or note)
- to convert (paper money) into gold or silver coin or bullion
- to convert (stocks, bonds, etc.) into cash
- to turn in (trading stamps or coupons) for a prize, premium, discount, etc.
- to set free by paying a ransom
- to deliver from sin and its penalties, as by a sacrifice made for the sinner
- to fulfill (a promise or pledge)
- to make amends or atone for: to redeem a blunder
- to restore (oneself) to favor by making amends
- to make worthwhile; justify
Origin: L Middle English redemen from Middle French redimer from Classical Latin redimere from re(d)-, back plush emere, to get, buy from Indo-European base an unverified form em-, to take from source Lithuanian imù, Old Church Slavonic imǫ, to take
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transitive verb re·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems
- To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.
- To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
- To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
- To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
- To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
- To set free; rescue or ransom.
- To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.
- To make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
- To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
Origin: Middle English redemen, from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere : re-, red-, re- + emere, to buy; see em- in Indo-European roots.
- re·deemˈa·ble adjective