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

  • intransitive v. To have an effect or consequence: deeds that redound to one's discredit.
  • intransitive v. To return; recoil: Glory redounds upon the brave.
  • intransitive v. To contribute; accrue.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result; return; requital.
  • n. Rebound; reverberation.
  • intransitive v. 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 v. To be in excess; to remain over and above; to be redundant; to overflow.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • n. The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result; reflection; return.
  • n. Reverberation; echo.
  • n. Imp. Dict.

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

  • v. have an effect for good or ill
  • v. return or recoil
  • v. contribute


Middle English redounden, to flow abundantly, from Old French redonder, from Latin redundāre, to overflow; see redundant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French rédonder, from Latin rēdundō, from + undō ("surge"), from unda ("a wave"). (Wiktionary)



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