- to have a result or effect (to the credit or discredit, etc. of someone or something)
- to come back; react; recoil (upon): said of honor or disgrace
- Obs. to surge up or overflow
Origin of redoundMiddle English redounden from Middle French redonder from Classical Latin redundare, to overflow from re(d)-, intensive + undare, to surge, swell from unda, a wave: see water
intransitive verbre·dound·ed, re·dound·ing, re·dounds
- To have an effect or consequence: deeds that redound to one's discredit.
- To return; recoil: “covered her with a ridicule that would redound upon their son” ( Louise Auchincloss )
Origin of redoundMiddle English redounden to flow abundantly from Old French redonder from Latin redundāre to overflow ; see redundant .
(third-person singular simple present redounds, present participle redounding, simple past and past participle redounded)
- (intransitive) To contribute to an advantage or disadvantage for someone or something. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To contribute to the honour, shame etc. of a person or organisation. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To reverberate, to echo. [from 15th c.]
- To reflect (honour, shame etc.) to or onto someone. [from 15th c.]
- (intransitive) To attach, come back, accrue to someone; to reflect back on or upon someone (of honour, shame etc.). [from 16th c.]
- His infamous behaviour only redounded back upon him when he was caught.
- (intransitive) To arise from or out of something). [from 16th c.]
- To roll back, as a wave or flood; to be sent or driven back.