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[ree-di-rekt, -dahy-] /ˌri dɪˈrɛkt, -daɪ-/
verb (used with object)
to direct again.
to change the direction or focus of:
He redirected the children's energies toward building a sand castle instead of throwing sand at each other.
Law. pertaining to the examination of a witness by the party calling him or her, after cross-examination.
Origin of redirect
1835-45; re- + direct
Related forms
redirection, noun Unabridged
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  • It is recognition of the increased liberation and redirection of the course of events achieved through accurate discovery.

  • So, there may be undertaken the redirection of the work of the country school.

    Farm Boys and Girls William Arch McKeever
  • Without inhibition there is no instigation of imagination, no redirection into more discriminated and comprehensive activities.

  • Local political organizations (much in need of redirection).

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
  • The leaders of the new movement in our schools have called for a redirection of rural education.

  • That which a nervous invalid most needs is a redirection of energy.

    Outwitting Our Nerves Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Rural banks (often in need of redirection in their relations to the development of the open country).

    The Challenge of the Country George Walter Fiske
  • The dressing-stations are mere offices for their redirection, where they are carefully ticketed, but where little else is done.

    A Surgeon in Belgium Henry Sessions Souttar
  • It is longitudinal—in the redirection given to changes already going on.

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for redirection


/ˌriːdɪˈrɛkt; ˌriːdaɪ-/
verb (transitive)
to direct (someone or something) to a different place or by a different route
Derived Forms
redirection, noun
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Word Origin and History for redirection



1805 (implied in redirected), from re- "back, again" + direct (v.). Related: Redirecting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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redirection in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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