- 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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Examples from the Web for abounding
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It is quaint and severe, however, and abounding in dry conceits.
He had come to have an abounding faith in the little red-haired man.Slaves of Mercury
Apart from these the road is wearisome and abounding with dangers.The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ
This and other sorts of spoonmeat should be made rather thin than otherwise, and abounding with liquid, whether milk or water.
She would be there too, for she loved a rich and abounding life.The Christian
- 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 abounding
1630s, present participle adjective from abound; originally "affluent;" sense of "overflowing" is recorded by 1680s.
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