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redeem

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1 to do what is required by the terms of
  • The Little League coach redeemed his promise to take the players out for ice cream if they improved their fielding over the season.
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abide by, make good (or make good on)

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2 to free from captivity or punishment by paying a price
  • The government has consistently refused to redeem hostages captured by terrorists.
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3 to free from the penalties or consequences of sin
  • the belief that sinners are redeemed by their faith in God
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4 to make better in behavior or character
  • The struggling team redeemed itself with two wins in a row.
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5 to make up for (an offense)
  • He quickly redeemed the offending remark with a sincere and unconditional apology.
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make amends for, make good for

Synonym Discussion of redeem

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action.
    • rescued the crew of a sinking ship
deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering.
    • delivered his people from bondage
redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary.
    • job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment
ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity.
    • tried to ransom the kidnap victim
reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased.
    • reclaimed long-abandoned farms
save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence.
    • an operation that saved my life


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