Definition of redound in English:

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Pronunciation: /rəˈdound/


[no object]
1 (redound to) formal Contribute greatly to (a person’s credit or honor): his latest diplomatic effort will redound to his credit
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  • Whether these efforts will redound to the benefit of taxpayers, will only be known come Budget Day 2004.
  • I heard one caller to a radio show suggest that this might redound to our benefit, since all they understand in that region is strength.
  • I assure you that it will redound to the social, academic and financial well-being of us all.
2 (redound upon) archaic Come back upon; rebound on: may his sin redound upon his head!
Probably by association with rebound1
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  • But journalists who hurl the most appalling abuse at officials of the government are not well placed to act pious when that abuse redounds upon their sources.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'surge up, overflow'): from Old French redonder, from Latin redundare 'surge', from re(d)- 'again' + unda 'a wave'.

Words that rhyme with redound

abound, aground, around, astound, bound, compound, confound, dumbfound, expound, found, ground, hound, impound, interwound, mound, pound, profound, propound, round, sound, stoneground, surround, theatre-in-the-round (US theater-in-the-round), underground, wound

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Syllabification: re·dound

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