rebound, redound
1. Rebound is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb.
2. The image with the verb rebound is of something bouncing back, and with redound it is of a tide or wave flooding back (from Latin unda ‘wave’). When circumstances rebound on someone they have a harmful effect on the person or people responsible for them:

• The allegation may rebound on the party making it —J. Kendall, 1992.

In some uses, however, the rebounding can be directed elsewhere:

• The strategy of encouraging, supporting and protecting deliberate non-payers is deeply flawed, as it will rebound on the most vulnerable —Marxism Today, 1990.

When a circumstance redounds to someone's advantage or credit, it contributes to it:

• Each piece of field research aims at achieving a ‘scoop’ which will redound to the anthropologist's credit —I. M. Lewis, 1992

• Some of these [ideas] have implications for the growth of tourism, which will redound to the benefit of all states —Montserrat Reporter, 2004 [OEC].

Contrary examples of both words occur occasionally (

• ☒ The moderate majority of Turks must realise it will rebound to their credit if they show magnanimity —Independent on Sunday, 2006)

but the distinction between the notions of harm (rebound on) and advantage (redound to) generally holds good and is worth observing.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Redound — Re*dound (r?*dound ), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Redounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Redounding}.] [F. redonder, L. redundare; pref. red , re , re + undare to rise in waves or surges, fr. unda a wave. See {Undulate}, and cf. {Redundant}.] 1. To roll back, as… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • redound — ► VERB 1) (redound to) formal contribute greatly to (a person s credit or honour). 2) (redound upon) archaic rebound on. ORIGIN Latin redundare surge , from unda a wave …   English terms dictionary

  • Redound — Re*dound , n. 1. The coming back, as of consequence or effect; result; return; requital. [1913 Webster] We give you welcome; not without redound Of use and glory to yourselves ye come. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 2. Rebound; reverberation. [R.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • redound — I verb accrue, arise, cause, conduce, contribute, effect, ensue, flow from, follow, germinate from, influence, lead, proceed, redundare, result, spring, sprout from, yield II index result Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • redound — (v.) late 14c., to overflow, from O.Fr. redonder overflow, abound (12c.), from L. redundare to overflow (see REDUNDANT (Cf. redundant)). Meaning to flow or go back (to a place or person) is from late 14c.; hence to rebound (c.1500), and to… …   Etymology dictionary

  • redound — [ri dound′] vi. [ME redounden < MFr redonder < L redundare, to overflow < re(d) , intens. + undare, to surge, swell < unda, a wave: see WATER] 1. to have a result or effect (to the credit or discredit, etc. of someone or something) 2 …   English World dictionary

  • redound — v. (formal) (d; intr.) to redound to ( to affect ) (her success redounds to the credit of her teachers) * * * [rɪ daʊnd] (formal) (d; intr.) to redound to (her success redounds to the credit of her teachers; to affect ) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • redound — [rɪ daʊnd] verb 1》 (redound to) formal contribute greatly to (a person s credit or honour). 2》 (redound upon) archaic rebound on. Origin ME: from OFr. redonder, from L. redundare surge , from re(d) again + unda a wave …   English new terms dictionary

  • redound — UK [rɪˈdaʊnd] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms redound : present tense I/you/we/they redound he/she/it redounds present participle redounding past tense redounded past participle redounded very formal to produce a particular result that is a… …   English dictionary

  • redound — /rəˈdaʊnd / (say ruh downd) verb (i) 1. to have an effect or result, as to the advantage, disadvantage, credit, or discredit of a person or thing: *If successful, it will redound to the credit of every one of you. –frank clune, 1937. 2. to result …  

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