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Meaning of “redeem” in the English Dictionary

"redeem" in British English

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redeemverb

uk   us   /rɪˈdiːm/
  • redeem verb (IMPROVE)

[T] formal to make something or someone ​seem less ​bad: A ​poorgame was redeemed in the second ​half by a ​superbperformance from Anthony Edwards. He was an ​hour late, but he redeemed himself in her ​eyes by giving her a ​hugebunch of ​flowers. She took me to ​see a really ​dullfilm, the only redeeming feature of which (= the only thing which ​prevented it from being ​completelybad) was the ​soundtrack.
  • redeem verb (SATISFY)

[T] formal to ​carry out a ​promise or ​pay back a ​debt: The ​amountrequired to redeem the ​mortgage was £358,587.
  • redeem verb (RELIGION)

[T] (in ​Christianity) to ​freepeople from ​sin: "​Jesus," said the ​priest, "​saved and redeemed ​mankind by taking ​oursins upon himself."
(Definition of redeem from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"redeem" in American English

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redeemverb [T]

 us   /rɪˈdim/
  • redeem verb [T] (IMPROVE)

to ​improve yourself, or to take ​action to ​improve the way other ​peoplethink of you or something you have done: After his ​poorperformance in the ​golftournament two ​weeks before, he was ​determined to redeem himself by ​playing well. Very few TV ​talkshows have any redeeming ​values (= have good ​qualities that make ​theirbadqualities less ​important).
  • redeem verb [T] (BUY BACK)

to ​buy back something, or to ​exchange something for ​money or for ​goods or ​services: You can redeem the ​bond at any ​time, but you will ​lose some ​interest.
(Definition of redeem from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"redeem" in Business English

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redeemverb [T]

uk   us   /rɪˈdiːm/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET to ​exchangeshares or ​bonds for ​cash: Class B Shares are ​subject to a ​salescharge if they are redeemed within six ​years of ​purchase. Private ​investors will have to ​pay their own ​dealingfees to redeem their holdings.
FINANCE to ​pay back a ​loan: redeem a ​loan/​debt/​mortgage
redeem a coupon/points/a voucher, etc. COMMERCE to use a coupon (= ​piece of ​paper used to ​buygoods at a ​lowerprice), ​points from a ​creditcard, etc. to ​buy something: be redeemed against sth Coupons, either in or on the ​pack, may be redeemed against future purchases of the ​product.redeem sth for sth New ​legislation would ​enableconsumers to redeem ​giftcertificates for ​cash once their ​valuefalls below $10.
(Definition of redeem from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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