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 If no candidate receives a majority of first-place votes, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and his or her votes are redistributed to supporters’ second choices. Evan Sernoffsky,, "Suzy Loftus extends lead over Chesa Boudin in narrow SF district attorney race," 6 Nov. 2019 The candidate who did the worst—the one who got either the most last-place ranks or the fewest first-place ranks—is eliminated, and that candidate’s voters are redistributed to the voters’ second-choice pick. Anna Purna Kambhampaty, Time, "New York City Voters Just Adopted Ranked-Choice Voting in Elections. Here's How It Works," 6 Nov. 2019 The tax system relies on VAT for nearly half of revenues—and VAT, though efficient, is regressive, so the state should take less or redistribute more. The Economist, "Don’t blame market-friendly policies for Latin America’s discontent," 31 Oct. 2019 With the exception of one year, the state has returned some — but not all — of those funds, redistributing them through various methodologies. Keith M. Phaneuf,, "State, hospitals, still trying to reach legal settlement," 29 Oct. 2019 But once 23,000 ballots cast for independent candidates were redistributed, Mr. Poliquin’s Democratic challenger, Jared Golden, won with 50.5 percent of the vote. Maggie Astor, New York Times, "Maine Voters Will Rank Their Top Presidential Candidates in 2020," 6 Sep. 2019 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., "Most read on," 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

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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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English Language Learners Definition of redistribute

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

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