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 or negative: "[It] probably would have redounded strongly to my disadvantage if I had pursued to completion my resolution…," writes Joseph Heller in his 1984 tragicomic novel God Knows.

Examples of redound in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, the benefits of that concentration overwhelmingly redound to consumers. Robert D. Atkinson, National Review, 31 Mar. 2022 If anything, Election Day controversies are most likely to redound to the party’s benefit. Nick Tabor, The New Republic, 5 Apr. 2022 All ticket sales and proceeds from my auctioning myself off for language performances and poker lessons will redound to NCRT. Richard Lederer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Feb. 2022 If a person wants to use drugs, the thinking goes, the impacts of those choices redound almost entirely on him. Jeff Eager, National Review, 7 Feb. 2022 These are things that ultimately would redound in favor of our collective security. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 But these kinds of social media interactions have become an enormous part of how people enjoy the Games together, and trying to crack down on that only stifles the excitement and conversation that would redound to NBC's benefit. Jeva Lange, The Week, 8 Aug. 2021 That heritage has given him standing with immigrant activists, bona fides that can redound to his benefit. Manuel Roig-franzia, Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 That benefit would redound worldwide, shaping a far larger share of global climate pollution. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Redound.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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