tr.v. re·dressed, re·dress·ing, re·dress·es
1. To set right (an undesirable situation, for example); remedy or rectify. See Synonyms at correct.
2. To make amends to: felt he should be redressed for the loss.
n. (also rēdrĕs)
1. Satisfaction for wrong or injury; reparation.
2. The act of redressing; rectification or reformation.
[Middle English redressen, from Old French redrecier : re-, re- + drecier, to arrange; see DRESS.]
re·dresser, re·dressor n.
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