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 redirection (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 Seguin redirected a pass from Alexander Radulov on net, but couldn’t beat Alexandar Georgiev. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "Joe Pavelski’s special teams scoring leads the Stars’ offensive outburst in win over Rangers," 4 Feb. 2020 Players can still legally redirect and score the ball with a tap, which is exactly what happened on this play. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "A referee's terrible call spoiled a wild Division III buzzer-beater," 23 Jan. 2020 Beijing will redirect commodity purchases—fuels, food, chemicals—but other importers will shift from U.S. producers to third countries. Robert B. Zoellick, WSJ, "Trump’s Pyrrhic Trade Victories," 22 Jan. 2020 From atop the crease, Connor redirected a blast from defenseman Neal Pionk. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Kyle Connor’s hat trick lifts Winnipeg to 7-4 victory over the Avalanche," 31 Dec. 2019 Mr Trump redirected billions of dollars from defence funding to wall construction, endangering dozens of military-construction projects—though on December 10th a federal court blocked Mr Trump from using that money on his wall. The Economist, "Donald Trump’s wall will irrevocably change America’s south-western border," 18 Dec. 2019 Muzzle brakes redirect the gas, sort of like lifting one buttock while sitting on a hard chair in school assembly. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "Do You Need a Muzzle Brake On Your Rifle?," 23 Oct. 2019 The thief was redirecting the money to prepaid bank cards from American Express Centurion and Metabank. Author: Rafael Olmeda, Anchorage Daily News, "Florida man linked to identity theft involving PFD payments, Alaska investigator says," 10 Jan. 2020 Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret made a series of difficult saves early on before Milik scored in the 37th minute by redirecting a cross from Fabian Ruiz from close range. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ronaldo’s step-over move fools another defender," 19 Oct. 2019

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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 2020

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“Redirect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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