Recorded since c.1425, from Middle English redemen, modified from Middle English redemer, redimer, from Latin redimō (“release; obviate; atone for”), itself from re- (“back; again”) + emō (“buy; gain, take, procure”).
- Rhymes: -iːm
- (transitive) To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
- (transitive) To liberate by payment of a ransom.
- (transitive) To set free by force.
- (transitive) To save, rescue
- (transitive) To clear, release from debt or blame
- (transitive) To expiate, atone (for ...)
- (finance, transitive) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
- (transitive) To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).
- (transitive) To repair, restore
- (transitive) To reform, change (for the better)
- (transitive) To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
- (archaic, transitive) To reclaim
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