re·de·fine | \ˌrē-di-ˈfīn \
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

b : transform sense 1c

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Other Words from redefine

redefinition \(ˌ)rē-ˌde-fə-ˈni-shən \ 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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