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

intransitive verb

archaic : to become swollen : overflow
: to have an effect for good or ill
new power alignments which may or may not redound to the faculty's benefitG. W. Bonham
: to become transferred or added : accrue

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A rising tide, as they say, lifts all boats. Or to be redundant: a redounding tide undulates such that the surrounding water elevates every pontoon. This latter sentence—in addition to featuring five words with some relationship to the Latin word for “wave,” unda (redundant, redound, undulate, surround, and water)—highlights the earliest and now-archaic meaning of redound, “to swell or overflow,” which entered English in the 14th century. Since then, additional uses of redound have abounded (abound being another unda relation), all containing ripples, however faint, of the original aqueous meaning. When an action or accomplishment redounds to someone’s credit or honor, for example, it reflects positively back on them the way a wave produced by someone jumping into a pool bounces back to the jumper. And when something redounds to someone’s advantage, one might say that it helps by accruing like, well, a rising tide.

Examples of redound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The symbolic optics of engaging productively on this issue would redound to both countries’ benefit, in portraying both as leaders within the international order. Nathan Levine, Foreign Affairs, 16 Mar. 2021 In fact, the largest turnout increase in the state — a 10 percent boost in South Jersey's swingy Gloucester County — seemed to redound to Democrats' advantage. Tia Yang, ABC News, 21 Dec. 2023 Manchin's retirement could redound to Republicans' benefit in those races, too. Nathaniel Rakich, ABC News, 10 Nov. 2023 What’s interesting about these and other radical acts of the Roberts Court, though, is that Democrats have watched the political fallout redound to their benefit. Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 6 Oct. 2023 But congressional aides and experts on both sides of the aisle say a shutdown is likely to redound to the White House’s political benefit, particularly as the GOP House is consumed in a fierce internal battle. Jeff Stein, Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2023 Yes, the world is stacked against us, but our collective susceptibility to dumb diets and quick fixes doesn’t redound to our credit. Tamar Haspel, Anchorage Daily News, 1 July 2023 Likewise, the rules that the government establishes for economic actors are designed to facilitate competition that will redound to the benefit of all. Oren Cass, Foreign Affairs, 12 Feb. 2021 But the economic and political ripple effects of the war soon redounded to the energy giants’ benefit. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 14 Apr. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of redound was in the 14th century


Cite this Entry

“Redound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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re·​dound ri-ˈdau̇nd How to pronounce redound (audio)
: to have a result for good or bad

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