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[uh-bound] /əˈbaʊnd/
verb (used without object)
to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers:
a stream in which trout abound.
to be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in):
The region abounds in coal.
to be filled; teem (usually followed by with):
The ship abounds with rats.
Origin of abound
1325-75; Middle English abounden < Latin abundāre to overflow, equivalent to ab- ab- + undāre to move in waves; see undulate
Related forms
aboundingly, adverb
overabound, verb (used without object)
well-abounding, adjective Unabridged
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  • Sharks are in decline worldwide, yet they abound in the Bahamas.
British Dictionary definitions for abound


verb (intransitive)
to exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful: a swamp in which snakes abound
foll by with or in. to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with): the gardens abound with flowers, the fields abound in corn
Word Origin
C14: via Old French from Latin abundāre to overflow, from undāre to flow, from unda wave
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Word Origin and History for abound

early 14c., from Old French abonder "to abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers" (12c.), from Latin abundare "overflow, run over," from Latin ab- "off" (see ab-) + undare "rise in a wave," from unda "water, wave" (see water (n.)). Related: Abounded; abounding.

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