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


re‧deem [transitive] formal

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.

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.

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.


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

redeem a promise/pledge

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

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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