\ 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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Denim outfits abounded, and the sisters set the mood, tackling the trend in the chicest way possible. Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Gives New Meaning to the Birthday Suit," 23 Apr. 2019 Theories abound about what will happen this season, particularly between Jon Snow/Aegon Targaryen and Danaerys. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "This Terrifying New Night King Theory Has 'Game of Thrones' Fans in an Uproar," 18 Apr. 2019 Theories abound as to why gender inequity continues to be so severe. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Cliff Diving at Blue Apron," 6 Apr. 2019 Needless to say, sparkly mini-dresses abounded that night, and Fashion Nova, the reigning Instagram master of fast fashion, decided to re-create both of Kylie's birthday outfits as well as Kim Kardashian's pink minidress. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Fashion Nova Already Knocked Off Looks From Kylie Jenner's Birthday Party," 11 Aug. 2018 Theories abound about why passing gun regulation is so difficult, including NRA donations and the intensity of Second Amendment supporters. Benjamin G. Bishin, Washington Post, "Why is it so hard to regulate guns — even though gun regulation is so popular?," 16 Feb. 2018 Regarding the origins of the eponymous dinner jacket, theories abound. Ash Carter, Town & Country, "The Fascinating History of the Town Where the Tuxedo Was Born," 1 Jan. 2012 Oh, there are great pizza and burger joints here, too, and the City Beautiful is a farmer’s paradise — freshness abounds, even in cheap eats. Mike Pramik, USA TODAY, "10 tastes of Orlando for less than $10," 25 June 2018 Bad boys abound in this line of work, but the penalty box is much more than temporary jail. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The NHL Penalty Box Is a Small Glass Case Made for Oddities," 19 Apr. 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 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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