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verb re·dound \ri-ˈdau̇nd\

Simple Definition of redound

  • : to have a particular result

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of redound

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to become swollen :  overflow

  3. 2 :  to have an effect for good or ill <new power alignments which may or may not redound to the faculty's benefit — G. W. Bonham>

  4. 3 :  to become transferred or added :  accrue

  5. 4 :  rebound, reflect

Did You Know?

Although it looks and sounds like a number of similar words (including rebound, resound, abound, and redundant), redound is a distinct term. It developed from Middle French redunder, which in turn came from Latin redundare, meaning "to overflow." In its earliest known English uses in the late 1300s, redound meant "to overflow" or "to abound," but those senses are now considered archaic. In current use, redound is often followed by "to," and the effect can be positive (as in our example sentences) or negative ("[It] probably would have redounded strongly to my disadvantage if I had pursued to completion my resolution...." - Joseph Heller, God Knows).

Origin and Etymology of redound

Middle English, from Middle French redunder, from Latin redundare, from re-, red- re- + unda wave — more at water


First Known Use: 14th century



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