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

The app also redirects users’ traffic to Facebook’s servers so that Facebook can log the action in a database to determine which apps people generally are using, how frequently and for how long. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Facebook to Pull Controversial Onavo App," 22 Feb. 2019 Bertuzzi, who had one goal in his previous 18 games, redirected a shot by Larkin past Dubnyk 47 seconds into the third. Mike Cook, The Seattle Times, "Bertuzzi gets first hat trick; Red Wings beat Wild 5-2," 12 Jan. 2019 The caravan also redirected Trump’s attention, and rage, to the border. Dara Lind, Vox, "An April caravan inspired a lasting border crackdown — and its members faced harassment and violence when they tried to seek asylum in the US.," 18 Oct. 2018 The Masontown Elementary School officials redirected several student bus routes to the fire station for parents to pick up students. Fox News, "1 dead, at least 4 injured in shooting at judge's office," 19 Sep. 2018 Being hired by Estée Lauder may have redirected him away from the Hollywood studios, but Demsey’s ability to pick the next big name has made him a master at celebrity collaborations — of both the Hollywood and fashion kind. Jane Larkworthy, The Cut, "John Demsey Has Raised Millions in the Fight Against HIV," 24 Jan. 2018 Residents in Los Angeles have complained that Waze was redirecting traffic from the city's highways to residential areas en masse, sparking traffic pileups in neighborhoods. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "NYPD Wants Waze to Stop Warning People About DWI Traps," 7 Feb. 2019 Eek!), redirect your attention to getting through the next 30 seconds, says Zadeh. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "13 Mental Strategies to Help You Stick With Your New Exercise Routine," 4 Jan. 2019 The Army has begun redirecting its marketing toward digital-native urbanites and suburbanites who are eager for excitement. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 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 reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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