- to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers: a stream in which trout abound.
- to be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in): The region abounds in coal.
- to be filled; teem (usually followed by with): The ship abounds with rats.
Origin of abound
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Money, moreover, was thrown into it; gifts to the Blessed Virgin abounded.
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- to exist or occur in abundance; be plentifula swamp in which snakes abound
- (foll by with or in) to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with)the gardens abound with flowers; the fields abound in corn
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 abounded
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