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abound

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verb \ə-ˈbau̇nd\

Simple Definition of abound

  • : to be present in large numbers or in great quantity

Full Definition of abound

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be present in large numbers or in great quantity :  be prevalent

  3. 2 :  to be copiously supplied —used with in or with <life abounded in mysteries — Norman Mailer> <institutions abound with evidence of his success — Johns Hopkins Magazine>

Examples of abound

  1. They live in a region where oil abounds.

  2. <a city that abounds with art museums and private galleries>



Origin of abound

Middle English, from Anglo-French abunder, from Latin abundare, from ab- + unda wave — more at water


First Known Use: 14th century




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