\ 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 withlife 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
Recent Examples on the Web Little — big, though — details abound, from the gruff way someone slams a refrigerator door, or pulls their keys out of a lock and into their palm and briefly relishes hearing them jingle. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "Where to Go After ‘Mad Men’? A Canadian Dramedy," 10 Jan. 2020 Still, the theories abound, with some people speculating that private companies could be using the aerial robots to survey for oil or natural gas or someone's doing practice runs for drone shows at sporting events or theme parks. NBC News, "Mysterious drone swarms over Colorado and Nebraska unleash origin theories," 31 Dec. 2019 Of course, problems abound — some in the form of foul neighbors who want her gone. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Fall TV 2019: 10 new shows you’ll want to see," 13 Sep. 2019 Families were out having picnics; fruits and churros abounded. Ferguson Bernard, The New Yorker, "Hurricane Dorian Was a Climate Injustice," 12 Sep. 2019 Studies do not unequivocally support the theory that being transparent about salaries necessarily leads to equitable pay, but anecdotes about it do abound, including Boston’s. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "Lessons from a young professional who just finished repaying $222,817.26 of student loans," 22 Aug. 2019 Three park highlights Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run: Selfie opportunities will abound inside and outside of this spaceship. Dallas News, "Disney World's Star Wars land inspires rental houses decked out for a galaxy far, far away," 20 Aug. 2019 Now options abound: There’s fine jewelry (Switch, $29 per month) plus-size fashion (Gwynnie Bee), kids' wear and sneakers (Walmart, $48, and Nike Adventure Club, $20, respectively), maternity (LeTote, $89, or $79 for non-maternity). Kate Bowers, Fortune, "Fashion Rental Competition Is Increasing Among Stores," 9 Aug. 2019 Christmas Wishes & Mistletoe Kisses Chemistry abounds when Abbey (Jill Wagner), an interior designer, is hired to decorate Nick’s (Matthew Davis) mansion. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Here Are the Best Christmas Rom-Coms Coming Out This Year," 23 Nov. 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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abound. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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\ 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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