re·​de·​fine | \ ˌrē-di-ˈfīn How to pronounce redefine (audio) \
redefined; redefining; redefines

Definition of redefine

transitive verb

1 : to define (something, such as a concept) again : reformulate had to redefine their terms
2a : to reexamine or reevaluate especially with a view to change

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redefinition \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌde-​fə-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce redefinition (audio) \ noun

Examples of redefine in a Sentence

learning that he had been adopted forced him to completely redefine his identity

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Back in January of 2017, the United States Army revised its grooming and appearance regulations, lifting a ban on female soldiers wearing their hair in locs, which was a celebrated triumph in redefining antiquated beauty norms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "In a Historic Move, New York City Bans Discrimination Based on Hair," 19 Feb. 2019 This look was all about redefining glamorous as a state of mind. Emily Wang, Allure, "Sir John Reveals All the Makeup He Used for Beyoncé's Now-Iconic Vogue Cover," 7 Aug. 2018 My fondest hope is that Adams returns to this character again and again, with this team — similar to how Helen Mirren redefined her career in the British series Prime Suspect. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "What makes HBO’s Sharp Objects so good is hiding in plain sight," 6 July 2018 The Post Service’s Office of Inspector General issued a report in 2014 with recommendations for redefining the obligation in the digital age. Fortune, "President Trump's 'Post Office Scam' Feud With Amazon Just Got Hotter," 13 Apr. 2018 During her eight years in the White House, Michelle Obama redefined and modernized the concept of First Lady dressing. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Just Won 2018 in These Sparkling Thigh-High Balenciaga Boots," 20 Dec. 2018 For instance, Savannah Clark redefined mom strength. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Mini-Marathon notebook: Five months after childbirth, former IUPUI runner wins 5K," 5 May 2018 In addition to setting the bar for Coachella performances past and future, Beyoncé also redefined festival style, offering her own interpretation with the help of Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing Opens Up About Designing Beyoncé’s Coachella Costumes," 20 Apr. 2018 But The Players’ Tribune did, by completely redefining it. Amos Barshad, New York Times, "What Happens When Athletes Do the Sportswriting?," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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