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 The state this week will also redirect 34,000 doses from large pharmacies and create 11 mobile sites to help address demand in the area. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Newsom touts Long Beach as model for COVID-19 vaccinations, schools reopening," 22 Feb. 2021 At close, buyers can redirect their earnest money towards their closing costs or down payment. Brittany Anas, House Beautiful, "5 Hidden Costs of Home Buying," 12 Feb. 2021 These actions will be followed by dozens more in the next 10 days, aides said, as Biden looks to redirect the country without having to go through a Senate that Democrats control by the narrowest margin. Tim Darnell, ajc, "What will Joe Biden do on his first day as president?," 20 Jan. 2021 However, a Biden administration could redirect Pentagon money that Trump is using for the massive infrastructure project. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Border wall construction to continue past Inauguration Day," 4 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, invasive mussels redirect the flow of energy, diverting food from the water column to the lake bed. Jason Treat, Magazine, "The disrupted food web," 17 Nov. 2020 Instead of retail therapy, redirect yourself toward an intellectual pursuit. Tarot Astrologers,, "Daily horoscope for November 1, 2020," 1 Nov. 2020 Clicking on the notification within the app will redirect the driver toward the site. Gabriel T. Rubin, WSJ, "Black, Female Candidates for Federal Office Reach Record High," 23 Oct. 2020 The measure would also redirect most revenue generated through recreational marijuana sales toward drug abuse treatment. oregonlive, "Mark Zuckerberg gives $500,000 to Oregon drug decriminalization initiative," 2 Oct. 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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28 Feb 2021

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“Redirect.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 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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