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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a redeeming feature (=one that makes something acceptable)
▪ The hotel’s only redeeming feature was its view of the bay
▪ A state lawmaker wants death-row inmates to have a chance to redeem themselves and help their fellow man.
▪ I give her the chance to redeem herself.
▪ It was my chance to redeem myself.
▪ It failed to redeem the pledge, and now says it is no longer bound by the deal.
▪ Christ came to Earth to redeem us from our sins.
▪ I finally redeemed my watch from the pawnbrokers.
▪ The system had failed so badly there was no way to redeem it.
▪ Travelers can redeem the coupons for one-way flights.
▪ Any compilation is going to be a shallow thing redeemed only by the actual songs on it.
▪ Any rally will be undermined by corporate investors redeeming mutual fund holdings, Subramanian said.
▪ Can you explain simply what one purpose or one redeeming quality that movie embraced?
▪ Frans Hals had painted portraits of girls who could only be described as plain, but something lively and piquant redeemed them.
▪ Heavy redemption penalties also apply; but you are unlikely to want to redeem such a good deal.
▪ If there is a redeeming trait in him, he has not revealed it.
▪ Liberated serfs would then redeem their debts over a period of years.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Redeem \Re*deem"\ (r?*d?m"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Redeemed. (-d?md"); p. pr. & vb. n. Redeeming.] [F. r['e]dimer, L. redimere; pref. red-, re- re- + emere, emptum, to buy, originally, to take, cf. OIr. em (in comp.), Lith. imti. Cf. Assume, Consume, Exempt, Premium, Prompt, Ransom.]

  1. To purchase back; to regain possession of by payment of a stipulated price; to repurchase.

    If a man sell a dwelling house in a walled city, then he may redeem it within a whole year after it is sold.
    --Lev. xxv. 29.

  2. Hence, specifically:

    1. (Law) To recall, as an estate, or to regain, as mortgaged property, by paying what may be due by force of the mortgage.

    2. (Com.) To regain by performing the obligation or condition stated; to discharge the obligation mentioned in, as a promissory note, bond, or other evidence of debt; as, to redeem bank notes with coin.

  3. To ransom, liberate, or rescue from captivity or bondage, or from any obligation or liability to suffer or to be forfeited, by paying a price or ransom; to ransom; to rescue; to recover; as, to redeem a captive, a pledge, and the like.

    Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.
    --Ps. xxv. 22.

    The Almighty from the grave Hath me redeemed.

  4. (Theol.) Hence, to rescue and deliver from the bondage of sin and the penalties of God's violated law.

    Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.
    --Gal. iii. 13.

  5. To make good by performing fully; to fulfill; as, to redeem one's promises.

    I will redeem all this on Percy's head.

  6. To pay the penalty of; to make amends for; to serve as an equivalent or offset for; to atone for; to compensate; as, to redeem an error.

    Which of ye will be mortal, to redeem Man's mortal crime?

    It is a chance which does redeem all sorrows.

    To redeem the time, to make the best use of it.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 15c., "buy back, ransom," from Middle French redemer "buy back," from Latin redimere (see redemption). Theological sense of "deliver from sin and spiritual death" is from c.1500. Meaning "make amends for" is from 1520s. Sense of "make good" (a promise, obligation, etc.) is from 1840. Related: Redeemed; redeeming.


vb. 1 (context transitive English) To recover ownership of something by buying it back. 2 (context transitive English) To liberate by payment of a ransom. 3 (context transitive English) To set free by force. 4 (context transitive English) To save, rescue 5 (context transitive English) To clear, release from debt or blame 6 (context transitive English) To expiate, atone (for ...) 7 (context finance transitive English) To convert (some bond or security) into cash 8 (context transitive English) To save from a state of sin (and from its consequences). 9 (context transitive English) To repair, restore 10 (context transitive English) To reform, change (for the better) 11 (context transitive English) To restore the reputation or honour of oneself or something. 12 (context archaic transitive English) To reclaim

  1. v. save from sins [syn: deliver, save]

  2. exchange or buy back for money; under threat [syn: ransom]

  3. pay off (loans or promissory notes) [syn: pay off]

  4. convert into cash; of commercial papers

Usage examples of "redeem".

The scenery, however, was beautiful, the weather so perfect, and he enjoyed his rambles among the hills and his excursions on the water so thoroughly that he was already growing slightly forgetful of his purpose and satisfied that he could enjoy himself a few weeks without the zest of artistically redeeming the face of Ida Mayhew.

America, which is usually portrayed as an oppressive, racist, sexist, homophobic nation with few redeeming qualities.

The dinner which the Marches got at a restaurant on Unter den Linden almost redeemed the avenue from the disgrace it had fallen into with them.

In her feeling it went far to redeem the drama that it should be related to the Hilarys by marriage, and if she had put her feeling into words, which always oversay the feelings, they would have been to the effect that the drama had behaved very well indeed, and deserved praise.

She chastised herself for being so persnickety when he did, in fact, have so many redeeming qualities, and attributed it to premarital jitters.

At the card table he happened to be directly facing Natasha, and was struck by a curious change that had come over her since the ball, She was silent, and not only less pretty than at the ball, but only redeemed from plainness by her look of gentle indifference to everything around.

Heindral by this action from outside, the leader of the Castellans demonstrated a little redeeming wisdom by declining to issue an order for the precautionary levying of the militia, on the grounds that it would be both provocative and ineffective.

In a word, the Messiah and his redeemed ones would ascend into heaven to the right hand of God.

The direct statement is, that men were redeemed unto God by the blood of Christ.

In the fourteenth chapter, the author describes the hundred and forty four thousand who were redeemed from among men, as standing with the Lamb on Mount Zion and hearing a voice from heaven singing a new song, which no man, save the hundred and forty four thousand, could learn.

Our conviction is that he expected the Savior would ascend with his angels and the redeemed into heaven, the glorious habitation of God above the sky.

Christ forth, to be to us a sure sign that we have been forgiven and redeemed through the faith that was proved by his triumphant return from death, the dispensation of grace inaugurated by him.

He freely justified men, that is, forgave them, redeemed them from their doom, and would soon open the sky for their abode with him.

But certain notions of localities, of a redemptive ascent, and an opening of heaven for the redeemed spirits of men to ascend thither, were associated exclusively with the last.

Protestants, slightly varying in the different sects, but generally agreeing that at death all redeemed souls pass instantly to heaven and all unredeemed souls to hell.