- 1redeem somebody/something to make somebody/something seem less bad synonym compensate The excellent acting wasn't enough to redeem a weak plot. The only redeeming feature of the job (= good thing about it) is the salary. She seems to have no redeeming qualities (= good aspects of her character) at all. In an attempt to redeem the situation, Jed offered to help sell tickets. Synonymssaverescue bail out redeemThese words all mean to prevent somebody/something from dying, losing something, being harmed or embarrassed.save to prevent somebody/something from dying, being harmed or destroyed or losing something:Doctors were unable to save him. a campaign to save the panda from extinctionrescue to save somebody/something from a dangerous or harmful situation:They were rescued by a passing cruise ship.bail somebody out to rescue somebody/something from a difficult situation, especially by providing money:Don’t expect me to bail you out if it all goes wrong.redeem (formal, religion) to save somebody from the power of evil:He was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God. Redeem is also used in non-religious language in the phrase redeem a situation, which means to prevent a situation from being as bad as it might be.Patterns to save/rescue/redeem somebody/something from something to save/rescue/redeem a situation to save/redeem sinners/mankind to rescue somebody/bail somebody out financially
- 2redeem yourself to do something to improve the opinion that people have of you, especially after you have done something bad He has a chance to redeem himself after last week's mistakes.
- 3 redeem somebody (in Christianity) to save somebody from the power of evil Jesus Christ came to redeem us from sin. He was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God.
- 4redeem something to pay the full sum of money that you owe somebody; to pay a debt to redeem a loan/mortgage
- 5redeem something to exchange something such as shares or vouchers for money or goods This voucher can be redeemed at any of our branches.
- 6redeem something to get back a valuable object from somebody by paying them back the money you borrowed from them in exchange for the object He was able to redeem his watch from the pawnshop.
- 7redeem a pledge/promise (formal) to do what you have promised that you will do Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘buy back’): from Old French redimer or Latin redimere, from re-
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːm//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːm//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they redeem
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːm//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːm//he / she / it redeems
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːmz//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːmz//past simple redeemed
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːmd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːmd//past participle redeemed
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːmd//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːmd//-ing form redeeming
BrE BrE//rɪˈdiːmɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈdiːmɪŋ//