from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum.
- transitive v. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
- transitive v. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
- transitive v. To fulfill (a pledge, for example).
- transitive v. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
- transitive v. To set free; rescue or ransom.
- transitive v. To save from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.
- transitive v. To make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
- transitive v. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To recover ownership of something by paying a sum.
- v. To liberate by payment of a ransom.
- v. To set free by force.
- v. To save, rescue
- v. To clear, release from debt or blame
- v. To expiate, atone (for ...)
- v. (transitive) To convert (some bond or security) into cash
- v. To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences).
- v. To repair, restore
- v. To reform, change (for the better)
- v. To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something.
- v. (transitive) To reclaim
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a stipulated price; to repurchase.
- transitive v.
- transitive v. To recall, as an estate, or to regain, as mortgaged property, by paying what may be due by force of the mortgage.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. Hence, to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law.
- transitive v. To make good by performing fully; to fulfill
- transitive v. To pay the penalty of; to make amends for; to serve as an equivalent or offset for; to atone for; to compensate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To buy back; recover by purchase; repurchase.
- Specifically— In law, to recover or disencumber, as mortgaged property, by payment of what is due upon the mortgage.
- In com., to receive back by paying the obligation, as a promissory note, bond, or any other evidence of debt given by a corporation, company, or individual.
- To ransom, release, or liberate from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or be forfeited, by paying an equivalent: as, to redeem prisoners, captured goods, or pledges.
- To rescue; deliver; save, in general.
- In theology, to deliver from sin and spiritual death by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner. See redemption .
- To perform or fulfil, as a promise; make good by performance: as, to redeem an obligation.
- To make amends for; atone for; compensate for.
- To improve, or employ to the best advantage.
- To restore; revive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. restore the honor or worth of
- v. exchange or buy back for money; under threat
- v. convert into cash; of commercial papers
- v. pay off (loans or promissory notes)
- v. to turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange
- v. save from sins
Middle English redemen, from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere : re-, red-, re- + emere, to buy; see em- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since c.1425, from Middle English redemen, modified from Middle English redemer, redimer, from Latin redimō ("release; obviate; atone for"), itself from re- ("back; again") + emō ("buy; gain, take, procure"). (Wiktionary)