WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
re•dress /n. ˈridrɛs, rɪˈdrɛs; v. rɪˈdrɛs/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. the setting right of what is morally wrong.
  2. relief from wrong or injury, as in the form of payment or something done to make up for it.

v. [+ object]
  1. to remedy or make right:to redress a grievance.
  2. to adjust evenly again, as a balance.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
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.

  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::

redress /rɪˈdrɛs/ vb (transitive)
  1. to put right (a wrong), esp by compensation; make reparation for
  2. to correct or adjust (esp in the phrase redress the balance)
  3. to make compensation to (a person) for a wrong
  1. the act or an instance of setting right a wrong; remedy or cure: to seek redress of grievances
  2. compensation, amends, or reparation for a wrong, injury, etc
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French redrecier to set up again, from re- + drecier to straighten; see dress

reˈdressable, reˈdressible adj reˈdresser, rare reˈdressor n

re-dress /riːˈdrɛs/ vb
  1. (transitive) to dress (something) again

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