redound was our Word of the Day on 08/18/2013. Hear the podcast!
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Any development that diverts the public’s attention to health care — and thus, to the two parties’ disparate fiscal priorities — is likely to redound to the Democrats’ benefit.
His accomplishments–a massive corporate tax cut, a strong stock market–have largely redounded to the benefit of the bankers and fat cats.
Now that Republicans have reversed their position once again, also in a way that happens to redound to their political benefit, the answer seems a little more clear.
To me, this redounded to a fairly simple principle.
The regrettable attack on Nat (King) Cole in Birmingham by a band of hoodlums redounds to the everlasting discredit of those who foster race prejudice.
This exuberance redounded directly upon the president himself—arguably the best-prepared man in history to hold his office, before or since.
Most Americans are confident in the economy and optimistic about their prospects—attitudes that usually redound to the benefit of the incumbent party.
Opportunists recognize that exacerbating this polarization redounds to their own benefit, because at least for now, doing so helps raise money, ratings, clicks and poll numbers.
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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).
REDOUND Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of redound for English Language Learners
: to have a particular result
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