re·​di·​rect | \ ˌrē-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce redirect (audio) , 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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redirection \ ˌrē-​də-​ˈrek-​shən How to pronounce redirect (audio) , ˌrē-​(ˌ)dī-​ \ noun

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of redirect in a Sentence

Verb 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What the border wall executive order said The claim is referring to Biden’s executive order that ended border wall construction projects and will redirect the project funds elsewhere. Jessica Hill, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Biden executive order halts border wall construction, redirects funding," 3 Feb. 2021 Many of the problems can be traced to a loosely regulated Medicaid program that allows county hospitals — which now own more than 90% of Indiana's nursing homes — to redirect federal nursing home funds to other uses. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "Five ways to fix Indiana's broken nursing home system," 23 Jan. 2021 Two weeks ago, state health officials encouraged vaccinators to redirect unused doses to those over age 64 and last week the state launched the nine community vaccination sites. Glenn Howatt, Star Tribune, "Some Minnesota seniors getting COVID-19 vaccine in clinics," 27 Jan. 2021 But the agency said the advocates’ plan would require eliminating the Clifton Corridor and Campbellton Road transit lines to redirect resources to the Beltline. David Wickert, ajc, "Group unveils $2.5 billion Atlanta Beltline transit plan," 27 Jan. 2021 From next year, Britain will be able to sign its own trade deals and redirect EU budget contributions toward education and technological research at home. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Brexit’s Unwinding of Integration With EU to Test U.K. Economy," 25 Dec. 2020 As many as 3 million people have been infected by Chrome and Edge browser extensions that steal personal data and redirect users to ad or phishing sites, a security firm said on Wednesday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Up to 3 million devices infected by malware-laced Chrome and Edge add-ons," 16 Dec. 2020 As part of their efforts to redirect attention toward other countries, Chinese scholars and officials have in recent weeks revived another unproven theory: that frozen food packages from abroad brought the virus to China. New York Times, "China Peddles Falsehoods to Obscure Origin of Covid Pandemic," 6 Dec. 2020 Proposition 2 would slash funding for the library system and redirect a part of it toward early childhood education scholarships. Matt Sledge,, "New Orleans DA race takes top billing in Saturday runoff election," 4 Dec. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2021

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“Redirect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redirect

: to change the path or direction of (something)
: to use (something) for a different purpose
British : to send (a letter or package) to a new mailing address


re·​di·​rect | \ ˌrē-də-ˈrekt How to pronounce redirect (audio) , -dī- \
redirected; redirecting

Kids Definition of redirect

: to change the course or direction of

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