re-dress

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/riːˈdrɛs/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(rē dres)


WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
re-dress  (rē dres),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to dress again.
  • re- + dress 1730–40

re•dress  (n. rēdres, ri dres;v. ri dres),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the setting right of what is wrong:redress of abuses.
  2. relief from wrong or injury.
  3. compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or injury.

v.t. 
  1. to set right;
    remedy or repair (wrongs, injuries, etc.).
  2. to correct or reform (abuses, evils, etc.).
  3. to remedy or relieve (suffering, want, etc.).
  4. to adjust evenly again, as a balance.
re•dressa•ble, re•dressi•ble, adj. 
re•dresser, re•dressor, n. 
  • Anglo-French redresse, redresce, derivative of the verb, verbal
  • Middle French redresser, Old French redrecier, equivalent. to re- re- + drecier to straighten (see dress); (noun, nominal) Middle English
  • (verb, verbal) Middle English redressen 1275–1325
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged restoration, remedy, atonement.
      Redress, reparation, restitution suggest making amends or giving indemnification for a wrong.
      Redress may refer either to the act of setting right an unjust situation (as by some power), or to satisfaction sought or gained for a wrong suffered:the redress of grievances.Reparation means compensation or satisfaction for a wrong or loss inflicted. The word may have the moral idea of amends:to make reparation for one's neglect;
      but more frequently it refers to financial compensation (which is asked for, rather than given):the reparations demanded of the aggressor nations.Restitution means literally the restoration of what has been taken from the lawful owner:He demanded restitution of his land;
      it may also refer to restoring the equivalent of what has been taken:They made him restitution for his land.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged amend, mend, emend, right, rectify, adjust.
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ease.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
re-dress /riːˈdrɛs/ vb
  1. (transitive) to dress (something) again
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