Definition of Redeem

1. Verb. Save from sins.

Exact synonyms: Deliver, Save
Category relationships: Faith, Organized Religion, Religion
Derivative terms: Deliverer, Deliverer, Redeemer, Redemption, Redemptive, Redemptive, Redemptory

2. Verb. Restore the honor or worth of.
Generic synonyms: Reestablish, Reinstate, Restore

3. Verb. To turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange.
Generic synonyms: Change, Exchange, Interchange

4. Verb. Exchange or buy back for money; under threat.
Exact synonyms: Ransom
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Change, Exchange, Interchange
Derivative terms: Ransom, Ransom, Ransom, Redeemer, Redemption

5. Verb. Pay off (loans or promissory notes).
Exact synonyms: Pay Off
Generic synonyms: Pay
Derivative terms: Redeemer, Redemption

6. Verb. Convert into cash; of commercial papers.
Generic synonyms: Cash, Cash In
Derivative terms: Redeemer

Definition of Redeem

1. v. t. To purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a stipulated price; to repurchase.

Definition of Redeem

1. Verb. (transitive) To recover ownership of something by paying a sum. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To liberate by payment of a ransom. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To set free by force. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To save, rescue ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To clear, release from debt or blame ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To expiate, atone (for ...) ¹

7. Verb. (finance) (transitive) To convert (some bond or security) into cash ¹

8. Verb. (transitive) To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences). ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To repair, restore ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To reform, change (for the better) ¹

11. Verb. (transitive) To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something. ¹

12. Verb. (archaic) (transitive) To reclaim ¹

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Definition of Redeem

1. to buy back [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Redeem

1. 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. 29) 2. Hence, specifically: 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." (Sandys) 4. 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. 13) 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." (Shak) To redeem the time, to make the best use of it. Origin: F. Redimer, 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, Ransom. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Redeem

redeem (current term)
redeem oneself

Literary usage of Redeem

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1888)
"Duff, 43 NY 469; Courts have uniformly held strongly in favor of the right to redeem. Henry v. Davis, 7 Johns. Ch. 40; Conway v. Alexander, 11 US 7 Granen, ..."

2. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"3:13. if lie will perform unto thee tlie part of a kinsman, well ; let him do the kinsman's part: 4: 4. If ll(4-i wilt redeem (it), redeem (it): but if thou ..."

3. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1912)
"TAXATION (f 697*)—REDEMPTION FROM TAX SALE—PERSONS ENTITLED то redeem. ... Bumgarner claims that the bank failed to prove its right to redeem. ..."

4. Forms of Judgments and Orders in the High Court of Justice and Court of by Cecil Clare Marston Dale, W. Tindal King, W. O. Goldschmidt, Sir Henry Wilmot Seton, Great Britain Court of Appeal (1901)
"Tenant for Life is entitled to redeem in preference to those entitled in remainder, but he cannot compel those in remainder to redeem him ..."

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