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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.

  1. to be filled; teem (usually followed by with): The ship abounds with rats.

Origin of abound

1325–75; Middle English abounden<Latin abundāre to overflow, equivalent to ab-ab- + undāre to move in waves; see undulate

Other words from abound

  • a·bound·ing·ly, adverb
  • o·ver·a·bound, verb (used without object)
  • well-a·bound·ing, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for abound


/ (əˈbaʊnd) /

  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

Origin of abound

C14: via Old French from Latin abundāre to overflow, from undāre to flow, from unda wave

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