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abound

[uh-bound] /əˈbaʊnd/
verb (used without object)
1.
to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers:
a stream in which trout abound.
2.
to be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in):
The region abounds in coal.
3.
to be filled; teem (usually followed by with):
The ship abounds with rats.
Origin of abound
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English abounden < Latin abundāre to overflow, equivalent to ab- ab- + undāre to move in waves; see undulate
Related forms
aboundingly, adverb
overabound, verb (used without object)
well-abounding, adjective
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  • They abound upon the shores of the sea and of lakes, but are rarely seen in rivers.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • Neither in truth do they abound in iron, as from the fashion of their weapons may be gathered.

  • There are also several large lakes, which abound with white trout.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • Mineral waters, hot and cold, abound on the table-land of Mexico.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The roads, however, abound in mud, and the streams are enormously swollen.

British Dictionary definitions for abound

abound

/əˈbaʊnd/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful: a swamp in which snakes abound
2.
foll by with or in. to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with): the gardens abound with flowers, the fields abound in corn
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin abundāre to overflow, from undāre to flow, from unda wave
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Word Origin and History for abound
v.

early 14c., from Old French abonder "to abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers" (12c.), from Latin abundare "overflow, run over," from Latin ab- "off" (see ab-) + undare "rise in a wave," from unda "water, wave" (see water (n.)). Related: Abounded; abounding.

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