- 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 of redeemLate Middle English redemen ; from Middle French redimer ; from Classical Latin redimere ; from re(d)-, back + emere, to get, buy ; from Indo-European base an unverified form em-, to take from source Lithuanian imù, Old Church Slavonic imǫ, to take
transitive verbre·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems
- To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum: redeemed the ring from the pawnbroker.
- a. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).b. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.c. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
- To fulfill (a pledge, for example): “That is the unfinished work of our time, to lift the burden of race and redeem the promise of America” (Bill Clinton).
- a. To set free, as from slavery or kidnapping, by providing money or other compensation.b. To save (a person or soul) from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.c. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
- a. To atone for (an error or mistake): “a silence that gave Maisie a chance to redeem the mistake of pretending to know too much by the humility of inviting further correction” (Henry James).b. To serve as compensation for; make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
Origin of redeemMiddle English redemen, from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere : re-, red-, re- + emere, to buy; see em- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present redeems, present participle redeeming, simple past and past participle redeemed)
- To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
- To liberate by payment of a ransom.
- To set free by force.
- To save, rescue
- To clear, release from debt or blame
- To expiate, atone (for ...)
- (finance) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
- To save from a state of sin (from its consequences).
- To repair, restore
- To reform, change (for the better)
- To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
- (archaic) To reclaim
Recorded since c.1425, from Middle English redemen, modified from Middle English redemer, redimer, from Latin redimÅ (“release; obviate; atone for"), itself from re- (“back; again") + emÅ (“buy; gain, take, procure").