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redound

[ri-dound] /rɪˈdaʊnd/
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).
Origin
1350-1400
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 confused
rebound, redound, resound.
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redound

/rɪˈdaʊnd/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by to. to have an advantageous or disadvantageous effect (on): brave deeds redound to your credit
2.
(intransitive) foll by on or upon. to recoil or rebound
3.
(intransitive) (archaic) to arise; accrue: wealth redounding from wise investment
4.
(transitive) (archaic) to reflect; bring: his actions redound dishonour upon him
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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redound

v.

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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