Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To have an effect or consequence.
  • intransitive verb To return; recoil.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result; reflection; return.
  • noun Reverberation; echo.
  • noun Imp. Dict.
  • To overflow; be redundant; be in excess; remain over and above.
  • To be sent, rolled, or driven back; roll or flow back, as a wave; rebound.
  • To conduce; result; turn out; have effect.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result; return; requital.
  • noun rare Rebound; reverberation.
  • intransitive verb To roll back, as a wave or flood; to be sent or driven back; to flow back, as a consequence or effect; to conduce; to contribute; to result.
  • intransitive verb To be in excess; to remain over and above; to be redundant; to overflow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To result in, to contribute (to a specified situation or consequence).
  • verb To attach, come back, accrue (to or upon someone).
  • verb To arise or occur in consequence (from or out of something).
  • verb obsolete To swell, surge up (of waves, liquid etc.).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb have an effect for good or ill
  • verb return or recoil
  • verb contribute

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English redounden, to flow abundantly, from Old French redonder, from Latin redundāre, to overflow; see redundant.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French rédonder, from Latin rēdundō, from + undō ("surge"), from unda ("a wave").

Examples

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  • The things laid to thy charge whereof thou hast spoken, whether such as redound to thy credit, or mere false accusations, are publicly known.

    Consolation of Philosophy

  • The things laid to thy charge whereof thou hast spoken, whether such as redound to thy credit, or mere false accusations, are publicly known.

    The Consolation of Philosophy

  • This misperception of the war effort generates tangible effects that redound specifically to the executive's benefit.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

  • This misperception of the war effort generates tangible effects that redound specifically to the executive's benefit.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

  • The latest debacle -- the fight to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut -- appears to have demonstrably hurt the Republicans and helped the Democrats especially the president, and one might expect that ensuing fights will redound similarly, i.e., the public appears to be internalizing the meme that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class while the Republicans are fighting for the rich.

    Jared Bernstein: A Holiday Message

  • The latest debacle -- the fight to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut -- appears to have demonstrably hurt the Republicans and helped the Democrats especially the president, and one might expect that ensuing fights will redound similarly, i.e., the public appears to be internalizing the meme that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class while the Republicans are fighting for the rich.

    Jared Bernstein: A Holiday Message

  • This misperception of the war effort generates tangible effects that redound specifically to the executive's benefit.

    David Isenberg: We Don't Need No Stinking Democracy

  • Moreover, one can probably expect that ensuing fights will redound similarly, as the public appears to be internalizing the meme that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class while the Republicans are fighting for the rich.

    Jared Bernstein: A Holiday Message

  • The latest debacle -- the fight to extend unemployment insurance and the payroll tax cut -- appears to have demonstrably hurt the Republicans and helped the Democrats especially the president, and one might expect that ensuing fights will redound similarly, i.e., the public appears to be internalizing the meme that the Democrats are fighting for the middle class while the Republicans are fighting for the rich.

    Jared Bernstein: A Holiday Message

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