redeem

verb
re·​deem | \ ri-ˈdēm How to pronounce redeem (audio) \
redeemed; redeeming; redeems

Definition of redeem

transitive verb

1a : to buy back : repurchase
b : to get or win back
2 : to free from what distresses or harms: such 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
3 : to change for the better : reform
5a : to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby
b(1) : to remove the obligation of by payment the U.S. Treasury redeems savings bonds on demand
(2) : to exchange for something of value redeem trading stamps
c : to make good : fulfill
6a : to atone for : expiate redeem an error
b(1) : to offset the bad effect of
(2) : to make worthwhile : retrieve

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from redeem

redeemable \ ri-​ˈdē-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce redeemable (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for redeem

Synonyms

answer, complete, comply (with), fill, fulfill (or fulfil), keep, meet, satisfy

Antonyms

breach, break, transgress, violate

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for redeem

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action. rescued the crew of a sinking ship deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering. delivered his people from bondage redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary. job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity. tried to ransom the kidnap victim reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased. reclaimed long-abandoned farms save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence. an operation that saved my life

Examples of redeem in a Sentence

Nearly 115 million Americans clip coupons and redeem them at some point during the year. — David J. Morrow, New York Times, 17 Mar. 1996 … nor does the book try to justify whatever is reckless about it by claiming some redeeming social or political value. — Philip Roth, Reading Myself and Others, 1975 She had once told Rowland that she would show him, some day, how gracious her manners could be; she was now redeeming her promise. — Henry James, Roderick Hudson, 1875 We had, however, redeemed … the character of our country, by showing that there was at any rate a body of persons determined to use all the means which the law afforded to obtain justice for the injured. — John Stuart Mill, Autobiography, 1874 Their temporal dominion is now confirmed by the reverence of a thousand years; and their noblest title is the free choice of a people, whom they had redeemed from slavery. — Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 1788 The exciting ending partially redeems what is otherwise a very dull movie. He wants to redeem his reputation. You can redeem this coupon at any store. You have 90 days to redeem your winning lottery ticket. This voucher can be redeemed for a free meal at several local restaurants. The government will pay you interest when it redeems the bonds you bought. The company redeemed some of its stock.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web

Once completed, the passport card can be redeemed for a Frank Lloyd Wright Trail collectors mug. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Check out classic cars in South Bend, Ind., and more Midwest events," 26 June 2019 Rewards can be redeemed for gift cards, travel, and merchandise. Caroline Lupini, USA TODAY, "The best credit cards with no annual fee of 2019," 26 June 2019 Fetch points can be redeemed for e-gift cards from Amazon, Target, Olive Garden, and other retailers and restaurants. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "How to put cash back in your pocket using money-saving apps," 14 June 2019 According to a sign posted at the West Dundee site, all coupons, certificates or other marketing material can be redeemed at Stanley's Restaurant & Ale House, 335 N. McLean Blvd. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Stanley's Restaurant owner shuts down West Dundee location, citing poor business," 4 June 2019 Could Daenerys have been redeemed after burning King's Landing? Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Did Jon Snow Have to Kill Daenerys in the 'Game of Thrones' Finale?," 20 May 2019 Despite their bad rap, rats have redeeming qualities. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "How rats became an inescapable part of city living," 17 June 2019 Six years after the infamously terrible reveal of the Xbox One, Microsoft has somewhat redeemed itself. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft's next-gen Xbox 'Project Scarlett' console packs Ryzen, Radeon Navi, SSDs, and ray-tracing," 9 June 2019 But up until that annoying conclusion, the film does its best to redeem the half of X-Men that never had a Hugh Jackman or Sir Patrick Stewart to lean on—and the result is a pleasant surprise in a crowded superhero-film ecosystem. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Dark Phoenix isn’t an epic X-Men conclusion—but it’s a darned good teen flick," 7 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'redeem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of redeem

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about redeem

Statistics for redeem

Last Updated

5 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for redeem

The first known use of redeem was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for redeem

redeem

verb

English Language Learners Definition of redeem

: 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)

redeem

verb
re·​deem | \ ri-ˈdēm How to pronounce redeem (audio) \

Kids Definition of redeem

1 : to make up for The exciting ending redeemed the otherwise dull movie.
2 : to buy, get, or win back He redeemed his honor.
3 : to make good : fulfill You must redeem your promise.
4 : to exchange for something of value I redeemed my tickets for a prize.
5 : to free from sin

Other Words from redeem

redeemer noun
re·​deem | \ ri-ˈdēm How to pronounce redeem (audio) \

Legal Definition of redeem

1a : repurchase
b : to repurchase by right and not on the open market redeem preferred shares
2a : to free from a lien or pledge usually by payment of the amount secured thereby redeem collateral
b : to exercise an equity of redemption in (real property) by payment in full of a mortgage debt after default but prior to a foreclosure becoming effective a right to redeem property prior to the actual sale under a judgment of foreclosureBowery Sav. Bank v. Harbert Offset Corp., 558 N.Y.S.2d 821 (1990) — see also equity of redemption
c : to exercise a right of redemption in (real property) within the period set by law by a repurchase that voids the effect of foreclosure or sale — see also right of redemption

Note: A mortgagor with a right of redemption might redeem property within the set period following a foreclosure sale by paying the new purchaser the purchase price, interest, taxes, and lawful charges.

d : to remove the obligation of by payment (as at maturity) redeem a bond
3a : to present and have redeemed
b : to exchange for something of value

intransitive verb

: to redeem something (as real property) failed to exercise its equity of redemption, and this part of the right to redeem was therefore cut offHausman v. Dayton, 653 N.E.2d 1190 (1995)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on redeem

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with redeem

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for redeem

Spanish Central: Translation of redeem

Nglish: Translation of redeem for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of redeem for Arabic Speakers

Comments on redeem

What made you want to look up redeem? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

to form ideas or theories about something

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!