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Meaning of REDEEM

Pronunciation:  ree'deem

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  convert into cash; of commercial papers
  2. [v]  pay off, as of loans or promissory notes
  3. [v]  exchange or buy back for money; under threat
  4. [v]  from sins, as in religious dogma

REDEEM is a 6 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: deliver, pay off, ransom, save
 See Also: cash, cash in, change, exchange, interchange, pay



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Re*deem"\ (r?*d?m"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Redeemed}.
(-d?md"); p. pr. & vb. n. {Redeeming}.] [F. r['e]dimer, L.
redimere; pref. red-, re- re- + emere, emptum, to buy,
originally, to take, cf. OIr. em (in comp.), Lith. imti. Cf.
{Assume}, {Consume}, {Exempt}, {Premium}, {Prompt},
1. To purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a
   stipulated price; to repurchase.

         If a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city,
         then he may redeem it within a whole year after it
         is sold.                              --Lev. xxv.

2. Hence, specifically:
   (a) (Law) To recall, as an estate, or to regain, as
       mortgaged property, by paying what may be due by force
       of the mortgage.
   (b) (Com.) To regain by performing the obligation or
       condition stated; to discharge the obligation
       mentioned in, as a promissory note, bond, or other
       evidence of debt; as, to redeem bank notes with coin.

3. To ransom, liberate, or rescue from captivity or bondage,
   or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be
   forfeited, by paying a price or ransom; to ransom; to
   rescue; to recover; as, to redeem a captive, a pledge, and
   the like.

         Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. --Ps.
                                               xxv. 22.

         The Almighty from the grave Hath me redeemed.

4. (Theol.) Hence, to rescue and deliver from the bondage of
   sin and the penalties of God's violated law.

         Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law,
         being made a curse for us.            --Gal. iii.

5. To make good by performing fully; to fulfill; as, to
   redeem one's promises.

         I will redeem all this on Percy's head. --Shak.

6. To pay the penalty of; to make amends for; to serve as an
   equivalent or offset for; to atone for; to compensate; as,
   to redeem an error.

         Which of ye will be mortal, to redeem Man's mortal
         crime?                                --Milton.

         It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows.

{To redeem the time}, to make the best use of it.