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redeem

re·deem

redeem

 
 
pronunciation:
rih dim
features:
Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: redeemed, redeeming, redeems
definition 1: to pay off (a debt).
His inheritance helped him redeem his debts.
synonyms:
discharge, pay off, repay
similar words:
fulfill, liquidate, offset, repair, requite, satisfy
definition 2: to recover (property or the like) by paying off a debt.
As soon as he got his first paycheck, he redeemed his guitar at the pawn shop.
synonyms:
recover, retrieve
antonyms:
pawn
similar words:
repair
definition 3: to convert (a coupon or securities) into cash or goods.
I redeemed my coupon for a free pizza.
synonyms:
exchange
similar words:
cash, collect on, liquidate
definition 4: to balance or make up for.
Her husband's stodginess was redeemed by his good humor.She made a stupid remark as they were sitting down, but she redeemed herself during dinner.
synonyms:
atone for, offset
similar words:
alleviate, balance, compensate, defray, redress
definition 5: to buy or obtain the freedom or release of, as by ransom.
synonyms:
ransom
similar words:
deliver, free, liberate
definition 6: to restore the honor, worth, or reputation of.
Once hated, his successful reforms redeemed him in the eyes of the people.
antonyms:
disgrace, ruin
definition 7: to save or deliver from sin or divine retribution.
synonyms:
absolve, save
similar words:
deliver, reform, rescue
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