re·​dound | \ ri-ˈdau̇nd How to pronounce redound (audio) \
redounded; redounding; redounds

Definition of redound

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to become swollen : overflow
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
3 : to become transferred or added : accrue

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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).

Examples of redound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But once the projects are built, the benefits redound to private enterprise. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Jeff Bezos likes Biden’s infrastructure plan because he knows it’s worth the money," 7 Apr. 2021 China’s success redounds to American companies, and so will American success to redound to the Chinese. John Tamny, Forbes, "If China Is As Bad As Its Critics Say, Then We Have Nothing To Fear," 4 Apr. 2021 Every journalist knows this red-faced feeling, a mix of triumph and guilt, of securing the story that will redound glory unto them, not the subject. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "How Does Ben Smith Sleep at Night?," 27 Nov. 2020 The civil unrest unfolding in cities across the country is starting to rival the coronavirus as a source of voter concern, a possibility that could redound to President Trump’s benefit. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Riots rivaling coronavirus as top 2020 concern," 31 Aug. 2020 But Sears got along poorly in the Nixon White House, something that redounded to his advantage when he was forced out well before the Watergate scandal destroyed it. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 2 Apr. 2020 That’s a message that redounds more to Trump’s benefit than Joe Biden’s or Bernie Sanders’s. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Trump puzzles allies by hedging on China criticism amid coronavirus outbreak," 5 Apr. 2020 Such wins have redounded to the benefit of not only the workers involved: recent studies suggest that one of the main reasons for declines in student outcomes has been the rise of part-time teachers. Charles Petersen, The New York Review of Books, "Serfs of Academe," 25 Feb. 2020 Not everyone wants to be watched while undertaking a long phone call, especially at home where neither clothes nor surroundings redound to most people’s advantage. The Economist, "Bartleby Don’t show, tell," 14 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of redound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for redound

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

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14 Apr 2021

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“Redound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of redound

formal : to have a particular result

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