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

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There has emerged a collective frustration, on social media in particular, over the perception that McRobbie has been redirecting funds meant for athletics back to the university. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: IU using Big Ten Network millions for more than just athletics — and that's OK," 19 June 2019 Maybe it’s time not only for Americans to thank President Trump for redirecting our money away from IPPF but for the British to institute a Mexico City policy of their own. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, "Britain Needs Its Own Mexico City Policy, to Stop Funding Abortion Overseas," 17 June 2019 Alyssa Naeher, the Americans' new World Cup goalkeeper, was noticeable only when an unmarked Carla Guerrero redirected Claudia Soto's free kick past her midway through the first half. Ronald Blum,, "Carli Lloyd's tiny golf clap delivers big message from U.S. women to celebration critics," 16 June 2019 Overlapping defender Jesus Gallardo ripped down the left flank and slanted a pass across the goal mouth that Raul Jimenez redirected into the right post. Dylan Hernandez,, "Mexico soccer team has found home in U.S.," 15 June 2019 To fund direct air capture, Delaney calls for ending fossil fuel subsidies and redirecting the funds to invest in these technologies, which are currently too costly to be implemented. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Where the 2020 Presidential Candidates Stand on Climate Change," 6 June 2019 But the construction of I-94 soon after drew much of the travel traffic away, changing entertainment tastes and redirecting tourists elsewhere. John Carlisle,, "LAND OF THE LOST Irish Hills tourist stop owner aims to restore dinosaur park," 6 June 2019 State and local levee officials already have placed a barge gate on Bayou Chene to help redirect part of the Atchafalaya flow away from populated areas in and around Morgan City. Mark Schleifstein,, "Morganza Spillway opening delayed indefinitely," 6 June 2019 Last month, Judge Haywood Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California entered a preliminary injunction that stopped the administration from redirecting funds under the emergency declaration. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Trump Wins Ruling in House’s Border Wall Suit," 3 June 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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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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to take the place or position of

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