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Examples of redoubt in a Sentence
The refugees gathered in a hilly redoubt several miles outside the city.
a massive stone redoubt at the entrance of the bay guarded the city
Recent Examples of redoubt from the Web
For fellow Democrats plotting a similar route, from the deepest of blue districts to once-solid Republican redoubts like Lamb's, the power of that message could make or break their drive to wrest back power in Washington and beyond.
The rocky cave doubles as an undersea redoubt, like those little castles made for a kid’s aquarium but here blown up to mammoth size.
In Mohmand Valley, Islamic State fighters are establishing positions in caves and stone redoubts along the ridges that provide a view into U.S. and Afghan posts.
For over half a century, a stately Belle Époque villa in the German spa town of Baden-Baden served as a redoubt for French conductor and composer Pierre Boulez.
Al-Nusra’s fighters surrendered to the government on April 30th and boarded buses bound for Idlib, a rebel redoubt in the north.
These are the reactor buildings: the intractable core of the disaster zone, the radioactive redoubts the robots must penetrate.
Even though only two states have actually voted so far this primary election season — Texas, a red-state redoubt, and Illinois, a blue-state stronghold — the battle for supremacy this primary season is all but complete.
Last August, the Lebanese Army defeated several hundred Islamic State militants and drove them from their mountainous redoubt in northeast Lebanon.
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Did You Know?
Based on its spelling, you might think that "redoubt" shares its origin with words such as "doubt" and "redoubtable," both of which derive from a Latin verb, dubitare. But that's not the case. "Redoubt" actually derives via French and Italian from a different Latin verb - reducere, meaning "to lead back," the same root that gives us "reduce." How that "b" ended up in "redoubt" is a lingering question, but some etymologists have posited that the word might have been conflated with another "redoubt" - a now-archaic transitive verb meaning "to regard with awe, dismay, or dread." Unlike its homographic twin, that "redoubt" does derive from the same root as "doubt" and "redoubtable."
Origin and Etymology of redoubt
REDOUBT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of redoubt for English Language Learners
: a small building or area that gives protection to soldiers under attack
: a safe or protected place
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