verb (used without object)
- to have a good or bad effect or result, as to the advantage or disadvantage of a person or thing.
- to result or accrue, as to a person.
- to come back or reflect upon a person as to honor or disgrace (usually followed by on or upon).
- (intr foll by to) to have an advantageous or disadvantageous effect (on)brave deeds redound to your credit
- (intr foll by on or upon) to recoil or rebound
- (intr) archaic to arise; accruewealth redounding from wise investment
- (tr) archaic to reflect; bringhis actions redound dishonour upon him
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.