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

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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 Others who feel similarly to Mr. Helmstetter are taking it upon themselves to redistribute their payments to those facing financial hardship. New York Times, "Stimulus Money Should Have Gone to the Jobless, Economists Say," 30 Dec. 2020 The numbers are a preview of the final Census count, which will be used to redistribute seats in the U.S. House of Representatives through the once-a-decade process known as reapportionment. Briana Bierschbach, Star Tribune, "Minnesota on the edge of losing congressional seat after 'chaotic' census count," 29 Dec. 2020 Under the extension, companies would be required to redistribute the scooters from neighborhoods and far-flung areas to more central locations every 24 hours, and the city could look into docking stations to promote safe parking. Ryan Gillespie,, "Orlando OKs plan to send counselors instead of cops to some calls," 7 Dec. 2020 Phillips, a Columbia resident, said Rotary club members met in a parking lot to separate and redistribute the supplies among the 28 facilities. Ana Faguy,, "The need is ‘astonishing’: Columbia Rotary club donates 50,000 pieces of PPE to senior care facilities," 14 Dec. 2020 Pivoting from the courtroom would provide the next attorney general with an opportunity to redistribute resources to other priorities, officials say. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California needs a new top cop. Here’s what Gov. Gavin Newsom will consider," 13 Dec. 2020 The aspect that the cyberpunk genre gets right is that technological advancement doesn’t necessarily lead to a higher quality of life, so long as transnational capitalism continues to exploit and redistribute resources unequally in society. George Yang, Wired, "Orientalism, Cyberpunk 2077, and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction," 8 Dec. 2020 As in the other coronavirus surges, hospitals will redistribute staff if necessary. Emily Woodruff,, "The third wave of coronavirus is here; this is how Louisiana doctors plan to get through it," 20 Nov. 2020 When there’s extra funding in any one program, legislative leaders — Adams, King, House Speaker Brad Wilson and Senate Minority Leader Karen Mayne have been working with the state’s pandemic response team to redistribute the money. Bethany Rodgers, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah has $300M of federal COVID relief funds to spend before year’s end," 26 Nov. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

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“Redistribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

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

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