redeem
transitive verb Etymology: Middle English redemen, from Anglo-French redemer, modification of Latin redimere, from re-, red- re- + emere to take, buy; akin to Lithuanian imti to take Date: 15th century 1. a. to buy back ; repurchase b. to get or win back 2. to free from what distresses or harms: as a. to free from captivity by payment of ransom b. to extricate from or help to overcome something detrimental c. to release from blame or debt ; clear d. to free from the consequences of sin 3. to change for the better ; reform 4. repair, restore 5. a. to free from a lien by payment of an amount secured thereby b. (1) to remove the obligation of by payment <
the United States Treasury redeems savings bonds on demand
>
(2) to exchange for something of value <
redeem trading stamps
>
c. to make good ; fulfill 6. a. to atone for ; expiate <
redeem an error
>
b. (1) to offset the bad effect of (2) to make worthwhile ; retrieve Synonyms: see rescueredeemable adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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