One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1redound toformal Contribute greatly to (a person's credit or honor)‘his latest diplomatic effort will redound to his credit’
contribute to, be conducive to, result in, lead to, effectView synonyms
- ‘Whether these efforts will redound to the benefit of taxpayers, will only be known come Budget Day 2004.’
- ‘I heard one caller to a radio show suggest that this might redound to our benefit, since all they understand in that region is strength.’
- ‘But no matter how they acquire their knowledge the fact is that said knowledge will always redound to their advantage.’
- ‘Such teamwork will only redound to the physician's benefit.’
- ‘I assure you that it will redound to the social, academic and financial well-being of us all.’
2redound uponarchaic Come back upon; rebound on.‘may his sin redound upon his head!’
rebound on, have an adverse effect on, come back on, recoil onView synonyms
- ‘But journalists who hurl the most appalling abuse at officials of the government are not well placed to act pious when that abuse redounds upon their sources.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘surge up, overflow’): from Old French redonder, from Latin redundare ‘surge’, from re(d)- ‘again’ + unda ‘a wave’.
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