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tr.v. re·deemed, re·deem·ing, re·deems
1. To recover ownership of by paying a specified sum: redeemed the ring from the pawnbroker.
a. To pay off (a promissory note, for example).
b. To turn in (coupons, for example) and receive something in exchange.
c. To convert into cash: redeem stocks.
3. To fulfill (a pledge, for example): "That is the unfinished work of our time, to lift the burden of race and redeem the promise of America" (Bill Clinton).
a. To set free, as from slavery or kidnapping, by providing money or other compensation.
b. To save (a person or soul) from a state of sinfulness and its consequences. See Synonyms at save1.
c. To restore the honor, worth, or reputation of: You botched the last job but can redeem yourself on this one.
a. To atone for (an error or mistake): "a silence that gave Maisie a chance to redeem the mistake of pretending to know too much by the humility of inviting further correction" (Henry James).
b. To serve as compensation for; make up for: The low price of the clothes dryer redeems its lack of special features.
[Middle English redemen, from Old French redimer, from Latin redimere : re-, red-, re- + emere, to buy; see em- in Indo-European roots.]
serving to compensate for faults or deficiencies in quality, etc: one redeeming feature.
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|Adj.||1.||redeeming - bringing about salvation or redemption from sin; "saving faith"; "redemptive (or redeeming) love"|
good - morally admirable
|2.||redeeming - compensating for some fault or defect; "the redeeming feature of the plan is its simplicity"; "his saving grace was his sense of humor"|
good - having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified; "good news from the hospital"; "a good report card"; "when she was good she was very very good"; "a good knife is one good for cutting"; "this stump will make a good picnic table"; "a good check"; "a good joke"; "a good exterior paint"; "a good secretary"; "a good dress for the office"