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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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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 unfaithful husband made a determined effort to redeem himself in the eyes of his wife and children

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5 to make up for (an offense)
  • quickly redeemed the offending remark with a sincere and unconditional apology

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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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The first known use of redeem was in the 15th century

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“Redeem.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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