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 redefine (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 Since taking up their posts a year ago, many district councilors have sought to redefine the office — with mixed results. New York Times, "Hunting Rats, Defending Democracy: Hong Kong’s Local Leaders Under Fire," 2 Feb. 2021 That's due in part to pandemic lockdowns that have helped redefine the creator landscape of who gets noticed and why -- with social media serving as the megaphone for the content these creators share and post. Cnn Business Staff, CNN, "2020's biggest winners and losers in business," 30 Dec. 2020 The designer, who established his brand Fear of God in 2013, has been on a steady rise since, collaborating with Kanye West and Justin Bieber, partnering with Ermenegildo Zegna to redefine tailoring, and launching an Essentials collection. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Jerry Lorenzo Establishes Fear of God Athletics With Adidas Basketball," 22 Dec. 2020 Krasner welcomed Williams to the small but growing group of progressive prosecutors, mostly in big cities, hoping to redefine the job. Matt Sledge,, "For insight into DA-elect Jason Williams reforms, look to 'progressive prosecutors'," 12 Dec. 2020 Still, trying to redefine what the holidays mean, even temporarily, can help lift a little weight off your shoulders. Anna Borges, SELF, "9 Self-Care Tips for Anyone Spending the Holidays Alone," 11 Dec. 2020 The current historical moment, in which facts are negotiable, white nationalism is on the rise and the nation is weathering a pandemic, is an important time to redefine American mythologies of invention. Anjali Vats, The Conversation, "The iconic American inventor is still a white male – and that’s an obstacle to race and gender inclusion," 8 Dec. 2020 Williams, who is Black, also said the possibility of a Black mayor in Boston could redefine the city’s reputation. Globe Staff,, "We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers.," 9 Jan. 2021 TGI Fridays had to redefine its image among diners -- and fast. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "‘Undercover Boss’ visits Dallas restaurant for ‘powerful’ adversity lesson airing Oct. 2," 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 Feb 2021

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“Redefine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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