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

Other Words from redefine

redefinition \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌde-​fə-​ˈni-​shən How to pronounce redefine (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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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jun 2022

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“Redefine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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