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teem

verb \ ˈtēm \
|Updated on: 15 Jul 2018

Definition of teem

teemed; teeming; teems
1 a : to become filled to overflowing : abound
b : to be present in large quantity
2 obsolete : to become pregnant : conceive
archaic : bring forth : give birth to : produce

teemingly

play \ˈtē-miŋ-lē\ adverb

teemingness

noun

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What is the difference between the verbs teem and team?

If you want to describe an overflowing abundance of something, the word you are looking for is teem. We often see reference to "the teeming masses," "streets teeming with activity," or "forests teeming with life." You want the word team if you are trying to describe pairing two or more things in a coordinated ensemble ("she teamed the oxen together"), or forming some kind of partnership or association ("we are teaming with another organization this year").

Origin and Etymology of teem

Middle English temen, from Old English tīman, tǣman; akin to Old English tēam offspring — more at 1team


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teem

verb

Definition of teem

teemed; teeming; teems
: empty, pour
  • teem molten metal into a mold

Recent Examples of teem from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'teem.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of teem

Middle English temen, from Old Norse tœma; akin to Old English tōm empty



TEEM Defined for Kids

teem

verb \ ˈtēm \

Definition of teem for Students

teemed; teeming
: to be full of something
  • The streams teemed with fish.


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