Redeem meaning

rĭ-dēm
To set free by force.
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To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
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To liberate by payment of a ransom.
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To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
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To get back; recover, as by paying a fee.
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To save from a state of sin (from its consequences).
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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.

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(archaic) To reclaim.
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To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.

Redeemed the ring from the pawnbroker.

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To save, rescue.
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To reform, change (for the better)
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To buy back.
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To pay off (a mortgage or note)
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To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
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To fulfill (a promise or pledge)
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To clear, release from debt or blame.
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To expiate, atone (for ...)
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(finance) To convert (some bond or security) into cash.
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Origin of redeem

  • Middle English redemen from Old French redimer from Latin redimere re-, red- re- emere to buy em- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Recorded since c.1425, from Middle English redemen, modified from Middle English redemer, redimer, from Latin redimō (“release; obviate; atone for"), itself from re- (“back; again") + emō (“buy; gain, take, procure").

    From Wiktionary