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
to recover ownership of something by paying a sum
to liberate by payment of ransom
to set free by force
to save, rescue, recover
to expiate, atone for
to convert into cash
to repair, restore
to change for the better, reform
to save from a state of sin
to restore the reputation, honour of ...
to reclaim — see reclaim
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