re·​dis·​trib·​ute | \ ˌrē-də-ˈstri-ˌbyüt How to pronounce redistribute (audio) also -byət \
redistributed; redistributing; redistributes

Definition of redistribute

transitive verb

1 : to alter the distribution of : reallocate
2 : to spread to other areas

Other Words from redistribute

redistribution \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌdi-​strə-​ˈbyü-​shən How to pronounce redistribute (audio) \ noun
redistributional \ (ˌ)rē-​ˌdi-​strə-​ˈbyü-​shnəl How to pronounce redistribute (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
redistributive \ ˌrē-​də-​ˈstri-​byü-​tiv How to pronounce redistribute (audio) , -​byə-​ \ adjective

Examples of redistribute in a Sentence

Unused federal funds will be redistributed to other states. The government redistributed the land to the settlers.
Recent Examples on the Web California gets up to 50% of its annual precipitation from the atmospheric rivers that redistribute water vapor from the tropics to the poles. Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Rising oil prices effectively redistribute income from oil-consuming nations in Europe and China to producers such as Saudi Arabia, Russia and Canada. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 The contrast between the two cases has stirred public debate about income inequality in China as President Xi Jinping promises to redistribute wealth from the top down. NBC News, 31 Jan. 2022 Hey Democrats, your president is trying to redistribute money from the dead back to the living. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 24 Dec. 2021 Beijing has also put off plans to expand a trial of a property tax that has been a focus of the drive to redistribute wealth. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Many of the steps taken to cut emissions will also reduce air pollution, improve access to water and redistribute wealth. Eric Roston, Fortune, 4 Apr. 2022 The solution, Oxfam says, is a bold revisiting of policies to redistribute wealth. William Pesek, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 Audit who does the office housework today in your workplace and then equitably redistribute it. Ruchika Tulshyan, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of redistribute

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2022

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“Redistribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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