redeem

If you redeem yourself, you make up for wrongs by doing something that makes you seem good again, like when after being irritable and snappy with your grandmother, you redeem yourself by bringing her flowers and apologizing.

Redeem comes from the French rédimer, which means "to deliver," and which in turn comes from the Latin for "buy back." In Christianity you can be redeemed by renouncing your sins. Classic heroes fail and then redeem themselves with valiant acts. But redeem doesn't have to be religious or moral. When you turn in a glass bottle for recycling, you redeem it, just as you redeem your coupon for 20% off your next hamburger.

Primary Meanings of redeem

1.
v
exchange or buy back for money; under threat
2.
v
save from sins
Full Definitions of redeem
1

v exchange or buy back for money; under threat

Synonyms:
ransom
Type of:
change, exchange, interchange
give to, and receive from, one another

v pay off (loans or promissory notes)

Synonyms:
pay off
Type of:
pay
give money, usually in exchange for goods or services

v convert into cash; of commercial papers

Type of:
cash, cash in
exchange for cash

v to turn in (vouchers or coupons) and receive something in exchange

Type of:
change, exchange, interchange
give to, and receive from, one another
2

v save from sins

Synonyms:
deliver, save

v restore the honor or worth of

Type of:
reestablish, reinstate, restore
bring back into original existence, use, function, or position

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