Definition of redeem verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    redeem

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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
  2. 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. 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.
  4. 4redeem something to pay the full sum of money that you owe somebody; to pay a debt to redeem a loan/mortgage
  5. 5redeem something to exchange something such as shares or vouchers for money or goods This voucher can be redeemed at any of our branches.
  6. 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.
  7. 7redeem a pledge/promise (formal) to do what you have promised that you will do
  8. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘buy back’): from Old French redimer or Latin redimere, from re- ‘back’ + emere ‘buy’.
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