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 In a sea of daring celebrities redefining and twisting menswear codes, including Ezra Miller, Lil Nas X, and more, the actor has levelled up his fashion sense in a stealthier way instead. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Shia LaBeouf Continues His Winning Streak of Statement Shoes," 6 Nov. 2019 This might be California’s new normal: Blackouts and fires are redefining the prosperous state, from wineries to hardware stores to mobile home communities. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "California braces for another day of ‘critical fire weather’ as a new blaze rages," 1 Nov. 2019 The case is one of several that could ultimately reach the Supreme Court and redefine the relationship between the legislative and executive branches of government. Kristine Phillips, USA TODAY, "Impeachment: House and White House agree that neither wants a federal judge to decide whether a witness must testify," 31 Oct. 2019 In fact, redefining the A-word for women is something of a personal mission for Burch. Pamela Hanson, Glamour, "The World Is Finally Catching Up With Tory Burch," 25 Oct. 2019 Get our daily newsletter That book redefined the spy novel and relaunched its author’s career. The Economist, "John le Carré’s 25th novel is blisteringly contemporary," 17 Oct. 2019 Now in its 15th year, San Diego Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday by raising a glass to a new way for diners to customize their meal — and even redefine what a meal is. San Diego Union-Tribune, "12 things to do this weekend: Adams Avenue Street Fair, Pacific Islander Festival, ArtWalk Carlsbad and more," 20 Sep. 2019 In similar fashion, Kevin Abstract, a black rapper from Texas, has been redefining assumptions about boy bands and rappers as a founder of musical collective Brockhampton. Prince Shakur, Teen Vogue, "Frank Ocean, Moonlight, and the New Era of Queer Black Men in Pop Culture," 26 Mar. 2019 The company is making a big bet on a city that less than a year ago lost its bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, a project that would have redefined the city’s economy. Ally Marotti,, "Uber wants to hire 2,000 more employees in Chicago. Here’s what that means for the tech industry.," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of redefine

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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