verb re·deem \ri-ˈdēm\

: to make (something that is bad, unpleasant, etc.) better or more acceptable

: to exchange (something, such as a coupon or lottery ticket) for money, an award, etc.

: to buy back (something, such as a stock or bond)

Full Definition of REDEEM

transitive verb
a :  to buy back :  repurchase
b :  to get or win back
:  to free from what distresses or harms: as
a :  to free from captivity by payment of ransom
b :  to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental
c :  to release from blame or debt :  clear
d :  to free from the consequences of sin
:  to change for the better :  reform
a :  to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
b (1) :  to remove the obligation of by payment <the United States Treasury redeems savings bonds on demand>
(2) :  to exchange for something of value <redeem trading stamps>
c :  to make good :  fulfill
a :  to atone for :  expiate <redeem an error>
b (1) :  to offset the bad effect of
(2) :  to make worthwhile :  retrieve
re·deem·able \-ˈdē-mə-bəl\ adjective

Examples of REDEEM

  1. The exciting ending partially redeems what is otherwise a very dull movie.
  2. He wants to redeem his reputation.
  3. You can redeem this coupon at any store.
  4. You have 90 days to redeem your winning lottery ticket.
  5. This voucher can be redeemed for a free meal at several local restaurants.
  6. The government will pay you interest when it redeems the bonds you bought.
  7. The company redeemed some of its stock.
  8. Nearly 115 million Americans clip coupons and redeem them at some point during the year. —David J. Morrow, New York Times, 17 Mar. 1996

Origin of REDEEM

Middle English redemen, from Anglo-French redemer, modification of Latin redimere, from re-, red- re- + emere to take, buy; akin to Lithuanian imti to take
First Known Use: 15th century


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