Last modified on 23 February 2015, at 00:39




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).



redeem (third-person singular simple present redeems, present participle redeeming, simple past and past participle redeemed)

  1. (transitive) To recover ownership of something by buying it back.
  2. (transitive) To liberate by payment of a ransom.
  3. (transitive) To set free by force.
  4. (transitive) To save, rescue
  5. (transitive) To clear, release from debt or blame
  6. (transitive) To expiate, atone (for ...)
  7. (finance, transitive) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
  8. (transitive) To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).
  9. (transitive) To repair, restore
  10. (transitive) To reform, change (for the better)
  11. (transitive) To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
  12. (archaic, transitive) To reclaim



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