abound

verb \ ə-ˈbau̇nd \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of abound

intransitive verb
1 : to be present in large numbers or in great quantity : to be prevalent
  • a business in which opportunities abound
  • errors and inconsistencies abound
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 in a Sentence

  1. They live in a region where oil abounds.

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

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Origin and Etymology of abound

Middle English abounden, borrowed from Anglo-French abunder, borrowed from Latin abundāre "to overflow, be full, be plentifully supplied (with)," from ab- ab- + undāre "to rise in waves, surge, flood," verbal derivative of unda "wave" — more at 1water

abound Synonyms

Synonyms
brim, bristle, bulge, burst, bustle, buzz, crawl, hum, overflow, pullulate, swarm, teem
Near Antonyms
lack, need, want


ABOUND Defined for Kids

abound

verb \ ə-ˈbau̇nd \

Definition of abound for Students

abounded; abounding
1 : to be plentiful : teem
  • Salmon abound in the river.
2 : to be fully supplied
  • The book abounds with pictures.

Word Root of abound

The Latin word unda, meaning “wave,” gives us the root und. Words from the Latin unda have something to do with waves. To undulate is to move up and down like a wave. To inundate is to cover with a flood of waves. To surround, or encircle on all sides, is to enclose as if by waves. To abound is to be plentiful, like waves in the ocean.



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