\ 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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Mostly, the New International Exhibition Center abounds with a kaleidoscope of mysterious vehicles displayed by the 80 or so Chinese brands such as Dongfeng, Chang’an, SAIC Motor, and First Automotive Works. Bradley Berman, Popular Mechanics, "China Is the Automotive Alternate Universe," 4 May 2018 Intriguingly, Venus' upper atmosphere also abounds with a mysterious compound that absorbs ultraviolet (UV) radiation, the high-energy light that causes sunburns here on Earth. Mike Wall, Space.com, "Life on Venus? Why It's Not an Absurd Thought," 16 Apr. 2018 The silver lining has been that bralettes abound in my post-mastectomy life. Suzanne Zuppello, SELF, "How I Found the Right Bras After Mastectomy and Reconstruction," 25 Oct. 2018 Options abound in the Play Store, including Facebook Messenger, Pulse SMS, WhatsApp Messenger, and a bunch of others. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Three ways to stop your Samsung Galaxy phone from randomly texting out your pics," 3 July 2018 The collaboration makes sense: local artists and designers abound in this culturally rich city known for its creative energy. Allie Lazar, Condé Nast Traveler, "10 Best Museums To Visit in Buenos Aires," 22 May 2018 White House Signals Pessimism on Cap and Trade Numbers abound in the fiscal-year 2011 budget released by the White House this morning. Newsweek, "Analysis," 14 Mar. 2018 But this time of year with quarterback options abounding in this league, the Bengals spent the week reminding anyone who chose to listen that Dalton is their guy. Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati.com, "BX: Annual reminder, Bengals all-in on Dalton," 3 Mar. 2018 The dating rumors mill abounds, and singer Halsey isn’t having any of it. Elly Belle, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Talked About Friendship in the Face of John Mayer Dating Rumors," 8 Nov. 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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