re·di·rect | \ˌrē-də-ˈrekt, ˌrē-(ˌ)dī-\
redirected; redirecting; redirects

Definition of redirect 

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transitive verb

: to change the course or direction of



Definition of redirect (Entry 2 of 2)


: an examination of a witness that follows a cross-examination : redirect examination called the witness back to the stand for redirect

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Other Words from redirect


redirection \ˌrē-də-ˈrek-shən, ˌrē-(ˌ)dī- \ noun

Synonyms for redirect

Synonyms: Verb

deflect, divert, swing, turn, veer, wheel, whip

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Examples of redirect in a Sentence


They dug trenches near the river to redirect the flow of the water. Traffic will be redirected to avoid downtown. Visitors to the old Web site address are redirected automatically to the new one. I tried to redirect their attention to the other painting. It's time to redirect your energy to your homework.
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Boston was back on the penalty kill six minutes into the third when Brad Marchand chased down a puck in the Lightning end and then delivered a cross pass that Bergeron redirected into the net. Jimmy Golen,, "Lightning Take 3-1 Series Lead Over Bruins," 4 May 2018 Along with staffing and procedure changes, deputies added a barricade to the front of the facility that redirects traffic from passing in front of the jail. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County Jail receives notice of noncompliance," 4 Apr. 2018 Milwaukee got on the board when Daniel Mattos redirected Marcio Leite’s free kick into the goal. Todd Karpovich,, "Vanzela, Dantas lead Blast to MASL championship game with 10-6 win over Wave," 17 Mar. 2018 Named after a move designed to clear space on crowded dance floors, Open The Circle is the Era's solution to Chicago's power imbalances, an attempt to redirect resources towards artists and children in underserved communities. Anna White, Chicago Reader, "Hip-Hop / Music Chicago's footwork community takes center stage at the MCA," 6 July 2018 But Lloris did not count on Gabriel Mercado, the Argentine defender, redirecting the shot with his left foot. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Messi Exits the World Cup. Hours Later, So Does Ronaldo.," 1 July 2018 Most importantly, the aLTEr attack enables an adversary to redirect network connections and thus perform several kinds of attacks. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "LTE wireless connections used by billions aren’t as secure as we thought," 29 June 2018 Toilet-paper rolls will work, but elbow fittings are best, because they can be rotated in the hole to redirect output. Popular Mechanics, "3 Energy-Saving Ways To Keep Your House Cooler This Summer," 27 June 2018 Others welcomed new leadership and a strong hand to redirect the university and ensure accountability. Susan Svrluga, Washington Post, "‘That was a big mistake’: Michigan State leader apologizes for statements about Larry Nassar victims," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of redirect


1650, in the meaning defined above


1880, in the meaning defined above

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re·di·rect | \ˌrē-də-ˈrekt, -dī-\
redirected; redirecting

Kids Definition of redirect

: to change the course or direction of

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