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

Definition of redistribute

transitive verb

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

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Other Words from redistribute

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

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Planes are built to withstand such brushes with nature as aluminum structures usually redistribute a lightning strike without causing damage. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Jet Makes a Fiery Landing After Being Struck By Lightning," 6 May 2019 Excavated soil needs to be hauled away instead of redistributed. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, "Luxury Living Off the Edge of a Mountain," 21 Nov. 2018 The weight, still there, only seemed to be redistributing itself — from my stomach to my neck, my boobs, my hips. Marianne Garvey, Good Housekeeping, "My Baby Completely Robbed Me of My Looks," 13 Nov. 2018 Letting the bird, or any piece of meat, rest allows the juices (read: moisture) to redistribute. Susan Westmoreland, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Biggest Mistakes You Make When Cooking a Turkey," 19 Nov. 2018 Several prominent Democrats are pressing for redistributing wealth to low-income families in a bid to make income inequality a defining term of the 2020 presidential elections. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Democratic Presidential Hopefuls Amplify Income Inequality Message," 6 Feb. 2019 Moving on: Once a candidate gets to that special number, the remaining ballots are redistributed in favor of the second name on the ballot. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Do the Oscars Work? Here's Your Step-by-Step Primer," 24 Feb. 2019 But after the lower vote-getters were eliminated and their votes redistributed, Golden came out 3,500 votes ahead. Rachel Withers, Vox, "The somewhat absurd controversy over Maine’s ranked choice voting system, explained," 9 Dec. 2018 The proposal would have drastic consequences, redistributing trillions of dollars from rich executives and shareholders to the middle class — but without involving a penny in taxes. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Top House Democrats join Elizabeth Warren’s push to fundamentally change American capitalism," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of redistribute

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of redistribute was in 1611

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English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

: to divide (something) among a group in a different way

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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