intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French abunder, from Latin abundare, from ab- + unda wave — more at water Date: 14th century 1. to be present in large numbers or in great quantity ; be prevalent 2. to be copiously supplied — used with in or with <
life abounded in mysteries — Norman Mailer
institutions abound with evidence of his successJohns Hopkins Magazine

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Abound — A*bound , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Abounded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Abounding}.] [OE. abounden, F. abonder, fr. L. abundare to overflow, abound; ab + unda wave. Cf. {Undulate}.] 1. To be in great plenty; to be very prevalent; to be plentiful. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • abound — can have as its subject things that are plentiful or (followed by in or with) the place where things are plentiful: • Mulberry trees abound in Oxford [note that in goes with Oxford, not abound!] Jan Morris, 1978 • A few years since this country… …   Modern English usage

  • abound — [ə bound′] vi. [ME abounden < OFr abonder < L abundare, to overflow < ab , away + undare, to rise in waves < unda, a wave: see WATER] 1. to be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts [tropical plants abound in the jungle] 2. to… …   English World dictionary

  • abound — (v.) early 14c., from O.Fr. abonder to abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers (12c.), from L. abundare overflow, run over, from L. ab off (see AB (Cf. ab )) + undare rise in a wave, from unda water, wave (see WATER (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • abound — abound; su·per·abound; …   English syllables

  • abound — ► VERB 1) exist in large numbers or amounts. 2) (abound in/with) have in large numbers or amounts. ORIGIN Latin abundare overflow …   English terms dictionary

  • abound — index increase, proliferate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • abound — overflow, *teem, swarm Analogous words: predominate, preponderate (see corresponding adjectives at DOMINANT) Antonyms: fail, fall short Contrasted words: want, *lack, need, require: scant, skimp, scrimp (see corresponding adjectives at MEAGER) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • abound — [v] exist in abundance be alive with, be all over the place*, be knee deep in*, be no end to*, be plentiful, be thick with*, be up to one’s ears in*, crawl with*, crowd, flourish, flow, have a full plate*, infest, overflow, proliferate, swarm,… …   New thesaurus

  • abound — a|bound [əˈbaund] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: abonder, from [i]Latin abundare, from ab away + unda wave ] to exist in very large numbers ▪ Rumours abound as to the reasons for his resignation. ▪ Examples of this abound in her book.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • abound — UK [əˈbaʊnd] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms abound : present tense I/you/we/they abound he/she/it abounds present participle abounding past tense abounded past participle abounded 1) to be present in large numbers or amounts Rumours abound… …   English dictionary

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