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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.
  3. to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon).
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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
Can be confusedrebound redound resound
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  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
  3. (intr) archaic to arise; accruewealth redounding from wise investment
  4. (tr) archaic to reflect; bringhis actions redound dishonour upon him
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Word Origin

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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Word Origin and History for redound


late 14c., "to overflow," from Old French redonder "overflow, abound, be in profusion" (12c.), from Latin redundare "to overflow" (see redundant). Meaning "to flow or go back" (to a place or person) is from late 14c.; hence "to rebound" (c.1500), and "to contribute to" (the credit, honor, etc.), early 15c. Related: Redounded; redounding.

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