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Recent Examples on the Web This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission. Washington Post, "Man, 20, charged in nursing home assault recorded on video," 24 May 2020 The novel suggests the possibility of a setup in which these advantages are shared and redistributed according to need. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "How TV Romance Got Radical," 30 Apr. 2020 Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services redistributed almost 200,000 medical grade N95 masks and other medical supplies seized by the FBI from a man in Brooklyn. Cnn Staff, CNN, "New guidance on masks in public: Dr. Sanjay Gupta's coronavirus podcast for April 6," 6 Apr. 2020 The governor said ventilators would be taken from health care facilities that don't need them now and redistributed to those that do. NBC News, "The Week in Pictures: Coronavirus tightens vise around the globe," 4 Apr. 2020 The 500 machines were scheduled to leave California on a military aircraft Monday to be shipped to FEMA, which will then redistribute to other states based on need, Brian Ferguson with the California Office of Emergency Services told CNN. CNN, "While US nears 11,000 deaths, White House remains optimistic about early effects of social distancing measures," 7 Apr. 2020 The money used for those bids came from bond revenues and can’t be redistributed to the BJCC general fund to keep workers aboard, officials said Construction of Protective Stadium began in late December. Anna Beahm |, al, "Work on Protective Stadium, Legacy Arena continues despite coronavirus furloughs," 6 Apr. 2020 In the last few weeks, volunteer signups to P2P platforms have increased dramatically, and funds earmarked for in-person events have been redistributed to P2P texting. Wired Opinion, Wired, "Texts From Politicians Could Be More Dangerous Than Ever," 4 Apr. 2020 The materials were inspected and redistributed to the health departments of New York State, New Jersey and New York City, the authorities said. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "A Hoarder’s Huge Stockpile of Masks and Gloves Will Now Go to Doctors and Nurses, F.B.I. Says," 2 Apr. 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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27 May 2020

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“Redistribute.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 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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