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.
Recent Examples on the Web Literacy Cooperative pays a fee for undelivered books to be returned to them so they can be redistributed, rather than taken to a mail facility and shredded. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "Local Dolly Parton literacy program’s goal: Mail free books to 50,000 Cuyahoga kids," 5 Jan. 2020 These planets are tidally locked, so that the same side always faces the star, and depending on how much the heat gets redistributed, the dayside can be much hotter than the nightside. John Wenz, Ars Technica, "Lessons from scorching hot weirdo-planets," 22 Dec. 2019 Yet the way votes from less popular candidates are redistributed is similar to a voting system that electoral reformers favour as a way to encourage moderation and compromise, making the caucuses rather forward-thinking. The Economist, "Mayor Pete’s edge How to win in Iowa," 12 Dec. 2019 Our economic success as a country has nothing to do with redistributing wealth through government intervention and everything to do with creating wealth through entrepreneurship, innovation, risk-taking and aspiration. David Winston, Twin Cities, "David Winston: Elizabeth Warren’s big bad idea: Taxing our way to prosperity," 15 Dec. 2019 Candidates who receive fewer than 15% of the votes in each caucus will be knocked out and their support redistributed. The Economist, "Mayor Pete’s edge How to win in Iowa," 12 Dec. 2019 First-preference votes for that losing candidate are redistributed to those voters' next-preferred candidate. Paul Grein, Billboard, "Recording Academy's Task Force on Diversity & Inclusion Releases Its Final Report," 12 Dec. 2019 Among the insects dying: the useful dung beetle, which eats pests and redistributes nutrients in the soil of cow pastures. National Geographic, "What role do pesticides have in killing nature?," 12 Dec. 2019 The primary reason for a brief resting period to redistribute the liquid in the dough. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "For the Love of Cookies, Please Don't Skip This Step of the Recipe," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Redistribute.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

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

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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