abound

verb
\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Disparities abound in everything from maternal death rates to the treatment of chronic pain. Erika D. Smith, Star Tribune, 29 July 2021 Disparities abound in everything from maternal death rates to the treatment of chronic pain. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Surreal elements abound in photo-friendly gallery rooms: Climb into a bathtub with a giant crawfish, or take a bite from an oversize po’ boy sandwich. Washington Post, 21 July 2021 Similar stories abound in the American whiskey business, where women have long played a quiet and underappreciated role, often in places like the bottling line or the marketing department. The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 July 2021 Outside the city, rats abound in the forest environment, and there are few places with any control measures, says VanderWerf. Melody Bentz, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 July 2021 Oddball and adorable abodes abound in the Beaver State. oregonlive, 6 July 2021 Similar stories abound in the American whiskey business, where women have long played a quiet and underappreciated role, often in places like the bottling line or the marketing department. New York Times, 1 July 2021 Parque México and Parque España are popular places for residents to relax, and cafés, bookstores, and restaurants abound in this neighborhood. Kylie Madry, Travel + Leisure, 23 June 2021

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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 4 Aug. 2021.

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abound

verb
\ 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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