re·​dis·​trict | \ (ˌ)rē-ˈdi-(ˌ)strikt How to pronounce redistrict (audio) \
redistricted; redistricting; redistricts

Definition of redistrict

transitive verb

: to divide anew into districts specifically : to revise the legislative districts of

intransitive verb

: to revise legislative districts

Examples of redistrict in a Sentence

The town was redistricted last year.
Recent Examples on the Web Sumter County is embroiled in a court fight over voting rights and redistricting that challenges the composition and credibility of its school board. Washington Post, "In Carter’s home county, voting rights case tests democracy," 10 Aug. 2019 Most of the overcrowding in other schools is expected to be relieved this fall, when Southeastern Elementary opens on Cyntheanne Road and thousands of students are redistricted. Emma Kate Fittes, Indianapolis Star, "Why the HSE school board isn't abandoning Fishers Elementary as originally planned," 19 June 2019 Howard County schools superintendent Michael Martirano’s redistricting plan forces nearly 7,400 minors to switch schools. Lew Jan Olowski,, "Other Voices: Benefit of Howard redistricting plan just another fable," 30 Oct. 2019 Our children were redistricted to what was considered the worst high school in the county., "Letters: Readers sound off on Howard schools redistricting plan," 3 Dec. 2019 No high school students were redistricted at that time. Jess Nocera,, "Howard school board: Rising juniors will not be redistricted, next work session will focus on capacity," 18 Oct. 2019 The plaintiffs in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, argued that Texas should not use total population numbers in determining how to redistrict the state, and instead count only citizens of voting age. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "The War to Empower Rural White Voters Is Bigger Than Trump," 9 July 2019 Just wait: Kentucky Republicans will redistrict Yarmuth’s base in Louisville into pizza slices, attaching a tiny piece of blue to many more red seats. Steve Mulroy, The New Republic, "To Beat the Gerrymander, Think Outside the Lines," 8 July 2019 How is redistricting different from gerrymandering? Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "What is gerrymandering? Supreme Court rules on partisan election maps," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of redistrict

1850, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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21 Feb 2020

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“Redistrict.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of redistrict

US : to divide (a town, state, etc.) into new political or school districts


transitive verb
re·​dis·​trict | \ ˌrē-ˈdis-trikt How to pronounce redistrict (audio) \

Legal Definition of redistrict

: to divide anew into districts specifically : to revise the legislative districts of

intransitive verb

: to revise legislative districts

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