abound

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verb \ə-ˈbau̇nd\

Definition of abound

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be present in large numbers or in great quantity :  to be prevalent a business in which opportunities abound errors and inconsistencies abound

  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 in a Sentence

  1. They live in a region where oil abounds.

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

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


First Known Use: 14th century



ABOUND Defined for Kids

abound

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verb \ə-ˈbau̇nd\

Definition of abound for Students

abounded

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abounding

  1. 1 :  to be plentiful :  teem Salmon abound in the river.

  2. 2 :  to be fully supplied The book abounds with pictures.



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