redistribute

verb
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.

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So, the brand was created to try to turn things around, redistributing profits and supporting minority businesses. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Slick Woods Launched a Jewelry Line Supporting Minority-Owned Businesses," 16 Sep. 2019 Instead, the boat was forced to wait for six days in the Mediterranean, as several European countries drew up an ad hoc plan to redistribute the migrants, with a small portion remaining in Italy. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 15 Sep. 2019 If no one receives a majority, however, the candidate with the fewest first-choice votes will be eliminated, and his or her votes will be redistributed to those voters’ second-choice candidates. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "Maine Voters Will Rank Their Top Presidential Candidates in 2020," 6 Sep. 2019 But the pile—the mound of rubble left by the towers—kept burning through December, and the debris-removal process continued to disturb settled dust and redistribute it into the air. Caroline Lester, The New Yorker, "The Continuing Legacy of 9/11," 11 Sep. 2019 That said, tennis needs to do a better job redistributing prize money to lower levels and—on cue…. 42. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "50 Parting Thoughts From the 2019 U.S. Open," 8 Sep. 2019 Land reform was supposed to take much of the country’s most fertile land – owned by about 4,500 white descendants of mainly British and South African colonial-era settlers – and redistribute it to poor blacks. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia, USA TODAY, "Robert Mugabe, longtime Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Land reform was supposed to take much of the country's most fertile land — owned by about 4,500 white descendants of mainly British and South African colonial-era settlers — and redistribute it to poor blacks. Author: Farai Mutsaka, Christopher Torchia, Anchorage Daily News, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary who helped liberate and destroy his country, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Land reform was supposed to take much of the country's most fertile land — owned by about 4,500 white descendants of mainly British and South African colonial-era settlers — and redistribute it to poor blacks. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dead at 95," 6 Sep. 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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redistribute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

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

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