\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Miscues abounded on offense, defense and special teams. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, "Dak Prescott explains screaming in Dallas Cowboys locker room: 'Credit Michael Bennett'," 29 Nov. 2019 In liberal Louisville, whose thriving restaurant scene and affordable cost of living have attracted expats from major cities, along with the upwardly mobile of rural Kentucky, antipathy toward McConnell abounds. NBC News, "Democrats dream about defeating Mitch McConnell. Can they do it?," 25 Nov. 2019 Gaps abound The poll was conducted in October and used a panel of more than 3,500 participants. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "80% of US accepts that there’s a human role in climate change," 25 Nov. 2019 Like the Porgs in The Last Jedi (2017), or Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Baby Yoda has captured the hearts of fandom, which means merchandizing opportunities abound. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Is Baby Yoda the Future of 'Star Wars'?," 23 Nov. 2019 Problems abound Soon after Google unveiled Stadia, the company and its developer partners revealed details that quickly angered early adopters. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Google Stadia Made Many Pre-Launch Day Mistakes. Can It Win Over Its Critics?," 18 Nov. 2019 The atmosphere and premeal sips lead one, happily, to the menu, which abounds with Welch’s favored, Mediterranean influences and love of vegetables; five of the menu’s 13 savory dishes are vegetarian/vegan or can be made so. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Good Fortune restaurant combines clubby good looks with a neighborhood vibe," 15 Nov. 2019 And predictions of the future demise of other colleges abound. Robert Massa, The Conversation, "Here’s why colleges are being forced to close their doors - and what they can do to stay open," 7 Nov. 2019 Centuries later, those beliefs have become woven into our modern day celebration of Halloween and the spirit-world ghost stories around the holiday that abound to this day. Annie Gentile, courant.com, "Ghost Stories Live On In Historic Home," 31 Oct. 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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“Abound.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abounds. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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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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