redefine

verb
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
Recent Examples on the Web Here’s King’s list of 12 structures and spaces that redefined San Francisco since 2010 — and the lessons that can help raise standards in the decade to come. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: What would a 2010 San Franciscan think of the city now?," 18 Dec. 2019 The offseason has produced a starting pitching spending binge that has redefined the cost not just of top-tier but also mid-tier starters. BostonGlobe.com, "Re-examining the trade market for Red Sox starting pitchers - The Boston Globe," 12 Dec. 2019 There are other proposals that might redefine online privacy norms without wholly reinventing them. Brian Barth, The New Yorker, "Big Tech’s Big Defector," 25 Nov. 2019 As Democratic lawmakers investigate Trump and his administration, McGahn and other current and former White House officials have found themselves in the middle of legal battles that could redefine the powers of Congress and the presidency. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Former White House lawyer Donald McGahn must testify before Congress, which could shape impeachment hearings," 25 Nov. 2019 Ronaldo netted 66 goals in his final two seasons with Manchester United, but took his ability as goalscorer in Spain to new levels that have redefined standards across Europe. SI.com, "Cristiano Ronaldo: The GOAT Contender Who Knows There Is No Substitute for Hard Work," 10 Oct. 2019 And the scandal that redefined Trudeau unfolded months ago. Ian Bremmer, Time, "Justin Trudeau Wants to Keep His Job. First He’ll Have to Confront His Past — and a Changed World," 26 Sep. 2019 Chris Farren, Born Hot As stigmas against depression ease and psychiatry come to feel ubiquitous, a potentially dehumanizing side effect looms: Will friendship, despair, and love be redefined in terms of labor and science? The Atlantic, "The 18 Best Albums of 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 That starts with redefining college to anything that is post-secondary learning, be it a one-year certificate or a four-year bachelor's degree. David Jesse, Freep.com, "Poverty in rural Michigan: Relentless aging and few opportunities for those of working age," 21 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Cite this Entry

“Redefine.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redefine. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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