re·dis·trib·ute | \ˌrē-də-ˈstri-ˌbyüt 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 \ noun
redistributional \(ˌ)rē-ˌdi-strə-ˈbyü-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl \ adjective
redistributive \ˌrē-də-ˈstri-byü-tiv, -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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Crucially, the leaders have not publicly addressed what will happen to people living on land that may be redistributed as the border is finalized. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Landmark Peace Declaration Ends ‘State of War’ Between Ethiopia and Eritrea," 12 July 2018 After all, why stop at shows that redistribute cable-television dollars to student debtors? Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Under the risk-adjustment program, those insurers make payments into a pool that is redistributed to plans with sicker, more costly patients. Brian Broderick And Sarah Kopit,, "Trump administration freezes billions of dollars in payments to Obamacare insurers," 8 July 2018 Rather than redistributing power, these platforms have concentrated it, all while seeming ever more vulnerable to outside manipulation and data breaches. Jacob Silverman, Longreads, "Private Telegram, Public Strife," 3 July 2018 At the moment, the bloc does not have the power to redistribute asylum obligations to take pressure off border countries like Italy and Greece. New York Times, "In U.S. and Europe, Migration Conflict Points to Deeper Political Problems," 29 June 2018 The land was then redistributed — with buildings intact — to white residents via a lottery system, driving Cherokee leaders and their white allies to bring suit against the U.S. government. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 And that was seven detectives who ultimately got redistributed to either patrol or other detective units. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "How counterfeit cash, SB 91 & stolen guns fit into the Anchorage car theft epidemic: A Q&A with detectives," 28 June 2018 One reason for the move was to save money the city previously donated to Freedom Fest and redistribute it to other charities. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "Speed-eating on menu at Spark!Fishers holiday weekend bash," 28 June 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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