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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Other Words from redefine

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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Caruso successfully bucked the national death-of-the-shopping-mall narrative and at the same time redefined the concept. Candace Jackson, Town & Country, "The Rosewood Miramar Beach Is Montecito's Newest Luxury Hotel—and Private Club For Those Who Want the Real Perks," 27 Apr. 2019 Below, meet the 8 indigenous beaders who are redefining their craft, specifically through jewelry and accessories. Vogue, "Meet 8 Indigenous Beaders Who Are Modernizing Their Craft," 24 Apr. 2019 Yet the legacy of Las Soldaderas has been almost entirely redefined and retold through a primarily male perspective. Teen Vogue, "The Real History of Las Soldaderas, the Women Who Made the Mexican Revolution Possible," 12 Mar. 2019 Over a 40-year career, Manafort, 69, redefined and expanded Washington’s influence industry both domestically and internationally, parlaying successful campaigns into lobbying opportunities. Rachel Weiner, The Seattle Times, "From six homes to a city jail: Paul Manafort, who redefined lobbying, faces trial Tuesday," 30 July 2018 The Iceland-Argentina World Cup showdown in Moscow features two entities who have redefined what's possible in the sport–the ultimate David underdog and the Goliath that is Lionel Messi. Brian Straus,, "Magnitude of Iceland's World Cup Debut vs. Argentina Not Lost on Confident Underdog," 15 June 2018 His wanderings brought him into contact with a community of hackers who were redefining what the Xbox could do. Brendan I. Koerner, WIRED, "The Young and the Reckless," 17 Apr. 2018 Growing up as a girl of color redefines your view of America. Naomi Wadler, Teen Vogue, "Naomi Wadler on Standing in Her Power One Year After the March for Our Lives," 24 Mar. 2019 Getty ImagesScott Dudelson Kacey Musgraves has redefined the country music genre. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Best Kacey Musgraves Songs of All Time," 7 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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