Definition of redirect in US English:



[with object]
  • Direct (something) to a new or different place or purpose.

    ‘get the post office to redirect your mail’
    ‘resources were redirected to a major project’
    • ‘Any urgent business was redirected to the branches in Borris and Carlow.’
    • ‘Campaigners, however, insisted the entire site could be preserved if the road was slightly redirected.’
    • ‘Traffic was redirected at the M181 and A18 junction and the Crowle crossroads.’
    • ‘The announcement has saved scores of jobs in the historic port city and saved hauliers from redirecting their loads to rival ferry ports.’
    • ‘Langer thinks redirecting subsidies to sustainable salmon-farming projects would push the industry in the right direction.’
    • ‘It merely redirects the inquiry from the Web site to a phone call or e-mail.’
    • ‘One easy thing homeowners can do is disconnect their downspouts, redirecting rainwater from roofs out onto porous ground.’
    • ‘A total of 17 planes due to land at the Essex airport were redirected to Luton instead late last Monday afternoon.’
    • ‘We also learned that a filter can redirect the output to different devices or files.’
    • ‘It redirects funds made through business into combating poverty and hardship for children.’
    • ‘The band is fitted over the area of the head which is abnormally predominant, and redirects the growth into flattened areas.’
    • ‘Swindon Council may have redirected resources but there is no evidence whatsoever of any cuts to its overall budget.’
    • ‘When the new plan emerged, the focus remained the same but the efforts were redirected at a local level.’
    • ‘Many have already prepared their route of retreat by sending their children overseas and redirecting their wealth out of the country.’
    • ‘Rush hour traffic was redirected around Urmston town centre and trains were stopped from passing through Urmston station.’
    • ‘Some stated redirecting their attention away.’
    • ‘When a victim browses the site, the code redirects them to one of two sites, most often to another server in Russia.’
    • ‘In the meantime, it is worth redirecting our attention to what we actually think about happiness.’
    • ‘Fourteen calls to the department were redirected there from NHS Direct.’
    • ‘With a cap on bonuses, the clubs could redirect the money to major league salaries.’
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  • 1An instance of redirecting something from one address to another, such as an email or a URL for a web page.

    ‘when you're in Australia entering into your browser will usually result in a redirect to’
    • ‘Configure the server to perform redirects.’
    • ‘Spammers are starting to use automatic redirects.’
    • ‘Once the redirect is completed, network users achieve immediate reacquisition of all their files.’
    • ‘Malicious iframe code is deliberately used in some decoy websites and banner ads to cause these redirects.’
    1. 1.1 A configuration that brings about a redirect.
      ‘to get messages sent to your GetMail account, you need to set up a redirect from your main email account’
      • ‘Some forums use some sort of redirect so that the search engines can't see your link in the forum.’
      • ‘The best way to stop this, in my experience, is to use the redirects present in the .htaccess file.’
      • ‘The company has wasted no time setting up a redirect from the vanquished to its own site.’
      • ‘After they've left the site up for two weeks, they swap it out for a redirect to an exploit site.’