re·​de·​fect (ˌ)rē-di-ˈfekt How to pronounce redefect (audio)
redefected; redefecting; redefects

intransitive verb

: to defect back or again
especially : to leave a country and return to another which had been forsaken
Yurchenko stunned his handlers by redefecting to Russia three months later … Evan Thomas et al.

Word History

First Known Use

1955, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of redefect was in 1955

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Cite this Entry

“Redefect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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