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

Synonyms for redirect

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 website 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Critics note that corporations often redirect profits toward shareholders through share buybacks and dividends, bolstering the finances of the investors, but not necessarily helping rank-and-file workers. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 Barricades also redirect the enemy to areas that defenders have pre-targeted with artillery and explosives. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 One major aim of ESG investing is to starve dirty companies of capital and redirect the money to clean ones. James Mackintosh, WSJ, 25 Jan. 2022 Scent games are one way to redirect your dog's desire to pursue interesting smells. Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Democratization is also a net positive for overburdened IT organizations, who can redirect their scarce resources to more-strategic projects. Rich Waldron, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Host Tucker Carlson suggested Disney instead redirect its resources aimed at the bill toward improving critical areas in the city of Orlando. Fox News, 30 Mar. 2022 To be sure, some investors worry that buybacks redirect corporate spending away from capital expenditures, research and development, and workers’ wages—advancing stock prices in the short run at the expense of long-term growth. Hardika Singh, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2022 Fitness consultant Drea Wheeler, 35, a native Texan living in Canada, was already playing angles outside the tribe and would go on to show an impressive ability to redirect an attack on her. al, 9 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Redirect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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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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