\ə-ˈbau̇nd \
abounded; abounding; abounds

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 Mailerinstitutions abound with evidence of his successJohns Hopkins Magazine

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Examples of abound in a Sentence

They live in a region where oil abounds. a city that abounds with art museums and private galleries

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Giveaways and contests abound including Super Bowl trips, local sports game tickets, turkeys, ice cream and Jeans Days. azcentral, "Top Companies to Work for in Arizona 2018-Large Companies," 7 June 2018 Sumptuous silk head scarves—secured underneath chins, wrapped around necks, and fastened with blingy barrettes—also abounded at Gucci. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Jackie O’s Favorite Accessory Is the Beauty Move of the Summer," 7 June 2018 Symbols such as the rainbow flag and the pink triangle will abound; for example, Nike has announced a new line of LGBTQ history-themed sneakers, including two that boast pink triangles. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride," 31 May 2018 Restaurants abound, including Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Le Colonial, Steak 48 and Toulouse Cafe & Bar. Houston Chronicle, "Where to shop 'til you drop in Houston," 10 May 2018 Many alternatives to bottles and corks abound these days, but the clear winner for those looking to drink well for the dollar is the 3-liter bag-in-box format, which contains the equivalent of four standard bottles of wine. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: Black Box Merlot," 23 Apr. 2018 Think pieces abounded, Twitter erupted with jokes, and photos of Ryan with his beloved workout gear were celebrated once more. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Watch Stephen Colbert Bid a Gleeful Farewell to “CrossFit Dracula” Paul Ryan," 12 Apr. 2018 With a month to go before the draft, rumors about the Browns plans at No. 1 and No. 4 will abound. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "John Dorsey can't comment on Odell Beckham Jr., but he did have coffee with Dave Gettleman Monday," 26 Mar. 2018 Kid-friendly entertainment abounds — with hands-on activities in crafts, music, science, and more. Necee Regis, BostonGlobe.com, "Here, there, and everywhere," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of abound

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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 water entry 1

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\ə-ˈbau̇nd \
abounded; abounding

Kids Definition of abound

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

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

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