teem

verb (1)
\ ˈtēm How to pronounce teem (audio) \
teemed; teeming; teems

Definition of teem

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to become filled to overflowing : abound
b : to be present in large quantity
2 obsolete : to become pregnant : conceive

transitive verb

archaic : bring forth : give birth to : produce

teem

verb (2)
teemed; teeming; teems

Definition of teem (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: empty, pour teem molten metal into a mold

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Other Words from teem

Verb (1)

teemingly \ ˈtē-​miŋ-​lē How to pronounce teemingly (audio) \ adverb
teemingness noun

What is the difference between the verbs teem and team?

Verb (1)

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").

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Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 Your every act of goodwill, then, is potentially teeming with wrath. Julie Muncy, WIRED, "The Messiness of Vampyr Doesn't Weaken Its Bite," 7 June 2018 TPC River Highlands will be teeming with major champions this summer. Staff Report, courant.com, "World No. 7 Jason Day Joins Loaded Travelers Championship Field," 15 May 2018 Violet continues to wrestle with boy drama at school, Dash is still a bundle of unrestrained, teeming energy, and Jack-Jack begins to manifest his own powers, which include bursting into flames and transporting to other dimensions. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Incredibles 2 Is an Exhilarating Ride," 13 June 2018 Police and fire officials reported nothing but minor incidents during the parade and following rally on the Mall, a scene of teeming (teaming?) red. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Washington celebrates the Capitals first Stanley Cup with a victory parade and rally," 12 June 2018 When Hudson Yards formally opens on March 15, the development will reshape the landscape in Manhattan’s far west side, essentially introducing a new neighborhood teeming with office workers, residents and retail establishments. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Hudson Yards Developers See An Appetite For Their New Culinary Corridor," 25 Feb. 2019 On Grammy’s weekend in Los Angeles, the city teems with the music industry’s elite and many are in high anticipation of who will go down in history as music’s best of 2018. Leigh Penney, Vogue, "Dior Celebrates Pusha T in Anticipation of His Potential Grammy Win Tonight," 10 Feb. 2019 In the sprawling shop, a coffee table served as a makeshift DJ booth for Abloh to spin tracks, a backroom was filled with hookahs (because why not), and the retail floor hosted tables teeming with candles and red roses. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls Suited Up in Louis Vuitton Menswear for the Virgil Abloh and Chrome Hearts Dinner," 10 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Given the length of the journey, the flight was teeming with passengers and crew, so Captain Min-Yuan Ho needed to act fast. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "8 Emergency Landings That Rival the 'Miracle on the Hudson'," 15 Jan. 2019 Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 When Hudson Yards formally opens on March 15, the development will reshape the landscape in Manhattan’s far west side, essentially introducing a new neighborhood teeming with office workers, residents and retail establishments. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Hudson Yards Developers See An Appetite For Their New Culinary Corridor," 25 Feb. 2019 The works are technically impressive: Their surfaces teem with dazzling, camouflage-like patterns of color. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 13 June 2018 As climate change reduces Earth's biodiversity, a vast ecosystem of microbes is thriving beneath the planet's surface, teeming with hundreds of millions of microscopic lifeforms. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Vast Ecosystem of Underground Organisms Holds More Life Than Earth's Oceans," 11 Dec. 2018 Capital Improvements: Addis Ababa Takes New Shape Ethiopia’s teeming capital is a monument to the African nation’s paradoxical development A horse in front of public housing projects on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. Matina Stevis-gridneff, WSJ, "Ethiopia’s Young, New Leader Shakes Up One-Party System," 17 July 2018 In the sprawling shop, a coffee table served as a makeshift DJ booth for Abloh to spin tracks, a backroom was filled with hookahs (because why not), and the retail floor hosted tables teeming with candles and red roses. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Bella Hadid, Karlie Kloss, and Joan Smalls Suited Up in Louis Vuitton Menswear for the Virgil Abloh and Chrome Hearts Dinner," 10 Jan. 2019 In the capital, Kinshasa, an opposition stronghold, the atmosphere was mostly jubilant, as streets teemed with people playing music and listening to results. Gabriele Steinhauser, WSJ, "Catholic Church Questions Surprise Congo Election Results," 10 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of teem

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for teem

Verb (1)

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

Verb (2)

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

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teem

verb
\ ˈtēm How to pronounce teem (audio) \
teemed; teeming

Kids Definition of teem

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

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