redound

verb
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 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 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 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 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 Even the success of a competitor redounded to the N.F.L.’s benefit. James Surowiecki, New York Times, "Beautiful. Violent. American. The N.F.L. at 100.," 19 Dec. 2019 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 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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“Redound.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/redound. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for redound

redound

verb
How to pronounce redound (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of redound

formal : to have a particular result

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