redeem Definition

  • 1compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something)
  • 2gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment
  • 3save (someone) from sin, error, or evil

Using redeem: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "redeem" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He tried to redeem his reputation by working harder.

  • Example

    I redeemed my watch from the pawnbroker.

  • Example

    The preacher spoke about how Jesus came to redeem humanity from sin.

  • Example

    She felt that volunteering was a way to redeem herself after her past mistakes.

redeem Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using redeem

  • redeem oneself in someone's eyes

    regain someone's respect or admiration


    After apologizing for his mistake, he was able to redeem himself in his boss's eyes.

  • fulfill a promise or commitment


    The politician promised to create jobs and improve the economy, but he failed to redeem the pledge.

  • redeem one's honor

    regain one's reputation or dignity


    He fought a duel to redeem his honor after being insulted by his rival.

Phrases with redeem

  • do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior


    After failing the exam, he worked hard to redeem himself and passed with flying colors.

  • make good use of one's time; not waste time


    She decided to redeem the time by studying for her upcoming exams instead of watching TV.

  • exchange a coupon for a discount or free item


    Don't forget to redeem your coupon before it expires!

Origins of redeem

from Old French 'redimer', from Latin 'redimere', meaning 'to buy back'


Summary: redeem in Brief

The verb 'redeem' [rɪˈdiːm] has three main meanings: to compensate for faults or bad aspects, to gain or regain possession in exchange for payment, and to save from sin, error, or evil. Examples include 'He tried to redeem his reputation by working harder.' and 'The preacher spoke about how Jesus came to redeem humanity from sin.' 'Redeem' extends into phrases like 'redeem oneself,' and idioms like 'redeem the pledge,' denoting fulfilling promises, and 'redeem one's honor,' implying regaining reputation.