- 1 redeem somebody/something to make someone or something seem less bad synonym compensate for 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.
- 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.
- 3redeem somebody to save someone from the power of evil Christians believe that Jesus Christ came to redeem us from sin.
- 4redeem something to pay the full sum of money that you owe someone; to pay a debt to redeem a loan/mortgage
- 5 redeem 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 someone 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 redeem a pledge/promise (formal) to do what you promised you would do
NAmE//rɪˈdim//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they redeem
he / she / it redeems
past simple redeemed
-ing form redeeming