abound

verb
\ ə-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce abound (audio) \
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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Conspiracy theories abounded across Chinese cyberspace, with some commentators wondering aloud if Liang and Xie were members of a cult -- based on certain images and seemingly odd content posted by Liang. Steven Jiang, CNN, "Missing 9-year-old girl, whose disappearance gripped China, found dead," 15 July 2019 Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals, all while viewers vote on who stays and who goes. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Love Island: Tour the Stunning Fiji Villa That Will Be Home to the First American Islanders," 8 July 2019 Art deco details abound, including a sundial on the front of the house, door medallions, and a dramatic staircase in the foyer. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Art Deco estate designed by Charles Eames asks $1.9M," 26 June 2019 At the heart of this predilection for the flight over the fight is a tacit ideology that is wildly out of step with the political reality of Trump’s America, where villains abound with almost comic ubiquity. Alex Pareene, The New Republic, "In search of the Democratic Party's fighting spirit," 20 June 2019 From IPAs to Shakesperian-era concoctions, the Sunday potlucks abound with a variety of fresh beers and ideas. Emma Simmons, al.com, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 In many of these northern cities, art from this period is notoriously militaristic, abounding with skulls and bones and often showing war captives being killed and decapitated. Gabriel D. Wrobel, The Conversation, "Trophies made from human skulls hint at regional conflicts around the time of Maya civilization’s mysterious collapse," 10 June 2019 According to the New Yorker, Tanis abounds with fossils, including teeth, bones, and hatchling remains of almost every dinosaur group known from the Hell Creek Formation. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "These fossils may capture the day the dinosaurs died. Here's what you should know.," 31 Mar. 2019 The Fall shows abounded in variety, with a broad range of options to suit the goth and the poetry lover, sartorialists and hopeless romantics. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "10 Styling Tips from the Fall Runways to Try Now," 19 Mar. 2019

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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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abound

verb
\ ə-ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce abound (audio) \
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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