redeem

re|deem [rıˈdi:m] v [T] formal
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1¦(improve something)¦
2 redeem yourself
3¦(get money for something)¦
4¦(religion)¦
5 redeem a promise/pledge
6¦(get something back)¦
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[Date: 1400-1500; : French; Origin: rédimer, from Latin redimere, from emere 'to take, buy']
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)¦
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)¦
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)¦
to buy back something which you left with someone you borrowed money from
redeem sth from sth
He finally redeemed his watch from the pawnbroker.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • redeem — [ri dēm′] vt. [LME redemen < MFr redimer < L redimere < re(d) , back + emere, to get, buy < IE base * em , to take > Lith imù, OSlav imǫ, to take] 1. to buy back 2. to get back; recover, as by paying a fee 3. to pay off (a mortgage …   English World dictionary

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