\ 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
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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abound. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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