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Recent Examples of redound from the Web
Washington’s turbulence has yet to redound to the benefit of Democrats, and the Montana victory soothed some Republican nerves.
There are proposals and initial implementations for metrics that calculate how many students a scientist has advised or served on doctoral committees, and metrics that allow the citational success of one’s students to redound to oneself.
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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
REDOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of redound for English Language Learners
: to have a particular result
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