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

Definition of redirect 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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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Once that account equals three-to-six months of income, that 5% can be redirected toward a different financial goal. WSJ, "What to Do After You Get Fired or Laid Off," 1 Dec. 2018 The companies announced a partnership today that’ll let users point their Snapchat camera at a physical product or barcode to then be redirected to an Amazon pop-up card for that product or something similar. Ashley Carman, The Verge, "Snapchat is testing a camera feature that lets you easily buy items from Amazon," 24 Sep. 2018 Cortright says that the dialogue around neighborhood change should be redirected around achieving a good level of socioeconomic mixing to ensure that long-term residents will stay. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Can they be created without displacing anyone?," 21 Aug. 2018 There was concern at the time that Soviet rocket prowess in space could easily be redirected to intercontinental missiles targeting the United States. Elizabeth Howell,, "Trump's Space Force Push Reopens Arguments About Military in Space," 20 June 2018 Abusive ads come in many forms, but broadly speaking cause your browser to misbehave by either generating fake system messages, automatically redirecting you, or attempt to steal personal information. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Chrome will soon ad-block an entire website if it shows abusive ads," 5 Nov. 2018 In other words, OneDrive might redirect the Pictures file to the OneDrive cloud, but not actually move the content. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft restarts Windows 10 October 2018 Update, blaming data loss on misdirected folders," 9 Oct. 2018 Fedak shouted orders, and the men were able to redirect the seal, which eventually calmed down as the sedative kicked in. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 In November 2017, Lawrence voters by a large margin approved a proposal to renew a city sales tax of 1/20th of a cent and redirect it to an affordable housing fund. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "JoCo agency gave low-income residents a lifeline. Now it's shutting down," 1 July 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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The first known use of redirect was in 1650

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More Definitions for redirect


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

Kids Definition of redirect

: to change the course or direction of

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to move with a clumsy heavy tread

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