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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Instead of taking money from Amazon and redistributing it to vulnerable people, local governments have chosen to do the opposite, contributing to Bezos’s vast fortune. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Jeff Bezos’s philanthropic projects aren’t as generous as they seem," 29 Nov. 2018 The consensus: the motion of the bottle through the air causes the liquid to climb up the sides, thereby redistributing the mass and increasing the bottle's moment of inertia. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physics holds the key to performing the flipping water bottle trick," 8 Oct. 2018 As a way to redistribute the gains while also encouraging people to buy into the new investment plan, the state Legislature approved a bill this spring that created the rollover process. Katherine Long, The Seattle Times, "Got GET? Deadline approaching for account-holders to switch," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of redistribute

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

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

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