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re·deem / riˈdēm/ • v. [tr.] 1. compensate for the faults or bad aspects of (something): a disappointing debate redeemed only by an outstanding speech| [as adj.] (redeeming) the splendid views are the one redeeming feature of the center. ∎  (redeem oneself) do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior: they redeemed themselves in the playoffs by pushing the Detroit Red Wings to a seventh and deciding game. ∎  (of a person) atone or make amends for (error or evil): the thief on the cross who by a single act redeemed a life of evil. ∎  save (someone) from sin, error, or evil: he was a sinner, redeemed by the grace of God.2. gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment: his best suit had been redeemed from the pawnbrokers. ∎ Finance repay (a stock, bond, or other instrument) at the maturity date. ∎  exchange (a coupon, voucher, or trading stamp) for merchandise, a discount, or money. ∎  pay the necessary money to clear (a debt): owners were unable to redeem their mortgages. ∎  exchange (paper money) for gold or silver. ∎  fulfill or carry out (a pledge or promise): the party prepared to redeem the pledges of the past three years. ∎ archaic buy the freedom of.DERIVATIVES: re·deem·a·ble adj.