verb (used with object)
to buy or pay off; clear by payment:
to redeem a mortgage.
to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure.
to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other satisfaction:
to redeem a pawned watch.
to exchange (bonds, trading stamps, etc.) for money or goods.
to convert (paper money) into specie.
to discharge or fulfill (a pledge, promise, etc.).
to make up for; make amends for; offset (some fault, shortcoming, etc.):
His bravery redeemed his youthful idleness.
to obtain the release or restoration of, as from captivity, by paying a ransom.
Theology. to deliver from sin and its consequences by means of a sacrifice offered for the sinner.
to recover possession or ownership of by payment of a price or service; regain
to convert (bonds, shares, etc) into cash
to pay off (a promissory note, loan, etc)
to recover (something pledged, mortgaged, or pawned)
to convert (paper money) into bullion or specie
to fulfil (a promise, pledge, etc)
to exchange (trading stamps, coupons, etc) for goods
to reinstate in someone’s estimation or good opinion; restore to favour: he redeemed himself by his altruistic action
to make amends for
to recover from captivity, esp by a money payment
(Christianity) (of Christ as Saviour) to free (mankind) from sin by his death on the Cross
noun 1. a person who redeems. 2. (initial capital letter) Jesus Christ. noun 1. The Redeemer, Jesus Christ as having brought redemption to mankind Heb. goel; i.e., one charged with the duty of restoring the rights of another and avenging his wrongs (Lev. 25:48, 49; Num. 5:8; Ruth 4:1; Job 19:25; Ps. 19:14; 78:35, etc.). […]
adjective 1. offsetting or counterbalancing some fault, defect, or the like: a redeeming quality. verb (used with object) 1. to buy or pay off; clear by payment: to redeem a mortgage. 2. to buy back, as after a tax sale or a mortgage foreclosure. 3. to recover (something pledged or mortgaged) by payment or other […]
- Redeeming feature
A good quality or aspect that makes up for other drawbacks, as in The house isn’t very attractive, but the garden is the redeeming feature. This idiom, first recorded in 1827, uses redeem in the sense of “compensate.”
verb (used with object), defined, defining. 1. to state or set forth the meaning of (a word, phrase, etc.): They disagreed on how to define “liberal.”. 2. to explain or identify the nature or essential qualities of; describe: to define judicial functions. 3. to fix or lay down clearly and definitely; specify distinctly: to define […]