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 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 The e-tron S can also redistribute torque across its front axle by braking. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Audi e-tron EV Adds High-Performance S Model with 496 HP," 3 July 2020 The concrete plan for fiscal change comes a month after Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged - amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests - to redistribute some funds from the police and specifically into black communities. Fox News, "Los Angeles proposes slashing law enforcement budget, including elimination of Special Victims Bureau," 29 June 2020 This has already yielded commitments from municipal politicians—including most Minneapolis City Council members—to disband police departments and redistribute their budgets to housing, education, and health care. Michael Brenes, The New Republic, "Lessons From the Long Movement to Defund the Military," 18 June 2020 Delaney rolled out a $4 trillion proposal to address climate change in May, including a major tax on carbon emitters and a plan to redistribute the funds to Americans. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 Speakers in San Francisco urged city officials to defund the police department and redistribute the resources into community programs during the event, organized by a group called Coleman Advocates, in celebration of the Black Lives Matter movement. Anna Bauman,, "Crowds take to Bay Area streets to celebrate Juneteenth, protest racism and police brutality," 19 June 2020 Seeing your peppermint brownie recipe in a janky online newspaper will not redistribute the world's wealth and power. Chris Colin, Wired, "News at 11: Kid Reporters Tackle the Coronavirus," 18 June 2020 At the same time, 60% of Americans reject reducing the budget for police departments to redistribute it to other public health and social programs, while 39% support that goal, according to the poll. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Proposals to reduce police budgets unpopular: Poll," 14 June 2020 Even moderate plans to break up and redistribute large estates concentrated in the hands of a powerful few, for example, were seen as harbingers of an impending Communist takeover. Andre Pagliarini, The New Republic, "Where America Developed a Taste for State Violence," 5 June 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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12 Jul 2020

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“Redistribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 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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