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Topic: BUSINESS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: rédimer, from Latin redimere, from emere 'to take, buy'

redeem

verb
     
re‧deem [transitive] formal
1

improve something

to make something less bad [= make up for]:
Olivier's performance redeemed an otherwise second-rate play.
redeeming quality/feature etc (=the one good thing about an unpleasant person or thing)
The hotel had a single redeeming feature - it was cheap.
2

redeem yourself

to do something that will improve what other people think of you, after you have behaved badly or failed:
He spent the rest of the game trying to redeem himself after a first-minute mistake.
3

get money for something

B to exchange a piece of paper representing an amount of money for that amount of money or for goods equal in cost to that amount of money:
You can redeem the coupon at any store.
4

religion

RRC to free someone from the power of evil, especially in the Christian religion redeemer
5

redeem a promise/pledge

formal to do what you promised to do:
The government found itself unable to redeem its election pledges.
6

get something back

BFL to buy back something which you left with someone you borrowed money from
redeem something from something
He finally redeemed his watch from the pawnbroker.
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