Variant of redeem
- 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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