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teem

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verb \ ˈtēm \

Definition of teem

intransitive verb
1 a :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

teemingly

play \ˈtē-miŋ-lē\ adverb

teemingness

noun

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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

transitive verb
:empty, pour
  • teem molten metal into a mold

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Origin and Etymology of teem

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



TEEM Defined for Kids

teem

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verb \ ˈtēm \

Definition of teem for Students

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


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