re·​chan·​nel (ˌ)rē-ˈcha-nᵊl How to pronounce rechannel (audio)
rechanneled or rechannelled; rechanneling or rechanneling; rechannels

transitive verb

: to direct into a different channel
The system of government they designed, rather than denying the inherent tribalism of humanity, instead tried to rechannel it, to make it less likely to undermine good government or assault individual rights.Jay Cost
… raising the water table in the swamp's remaining 113,000 acres by capturing and rechanneling rainfall in the vast network of ditches that scar the land.Ben Finley

Examples of rechannel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But his camp imagination soon ran way too wild and his efforts to rechannel bygone allure bordered on the carnivalesque. Nathan Smith, Rolling Stone, 21 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rechannel was in 1922

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“Rechannel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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