[ ri-dound ]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to have a good or bad effect or result, as to the advantage or disadvantage of a person or thing.

  2. to result or accrue, as to a person.

  1. to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon).

Origin of redound

1350–1400; Middle English redounden<Middle French redonder<Latin redundāre to overflow, equivalent to red-red- + undāre to surge (derivative of unda wave; cf. undulate); cf. redundant

Words that may be confused with redound

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How to use redound in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for redound


/ (rɪˈdaʊnd) /

  1. (intr foll by to) to have an advantageous or disadvantageous effect (on): brave deeds redound to your credit

  2. (intr foll by on or upon) to recoil or rebound

  1. (intr) archaic to arise; accrue: wealth redounding from wise investment

  2. (tr) archaic to reflect; bring: his actions redound dishonour upon him

Origin of redound

C14: from Old French redonder, from Latin redundāre to stream over, from red- re + undāre to rise in waves, from unda a wave

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