\ 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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Misery abounds in Mainda Yaar Mila De (Saathiya, 2002) and Layi Vi Na Gayi (Chalte Chalte, 2003). Devarsi Ghosh, Quartz India, "The Tamils, Bengalis, Marathis, and Assamese of Bollywood can love only in Punjabi," 6 Sep. 2019 Uncertainty also abounds in the intensity forecast, which may end up being a bit of an over-performer. Matthew Cappucci, Washington Post, "Tropical Storm Dorian intensifies as it nears Puerto Rico and is an increasing threat to Southeast U.S.," 28 Aug. 2019 This season, campuses with abound in tartan, weskits, cummerbunds, slacks and separate jackets. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Back to school fashion in 1950," 27 Aug. 2019 Character abounds in every corner of the park, making it a great setting for exploring. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Ohio minor-league parks lauded in stadium rankings," 6 Aug. 2019 Solutions already abound in sectors as diverse as energy, mobility, food and farming, urban planning and development, education, and women’s empowerment. Fortune, "We Don’t Live on 1.75 Earths—but We Act Like We Do," 29 July 2019 Certainly addictions abound in the series and characters struggle with their demons. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Big Little Lies’ Robin Weigert Will See You Now," 21 July 2019 Color abounds in the pinks of the Spanish hams, the medium-rare flesh of the Chuletón, a Spanish-style ribeye for two served with a beef candle, the gold-orange of the saffron aioli. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Holy Toledo! Sweeping vistas, Spanish flavors at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort," 18 July 2019 Spoilers also abound in Midsommar, in the form of runes. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Midsommar Is a Nightmare in Broad Daylight," 5 July 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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\ 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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