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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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  • It is a delightful island, abounding in every necessary of life.

    The World of Waters Mrs. David Osborne
  • He had come to have an abounding faith in the little red-haired man.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Whomsoever this fierce poisonous thirst overcomes, in this world, his sufferings increase like the abounding Bîrana grass.

  • Apart from these the road is wearisome and abounding with dangers.

  • In a century of abounding wealth England still has in its midst a hideous mass of poverty which is too appalling to think of.

  • It has numerous streams which are clear and beautiful, abounding in fish.

    Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.
  • Every part of it was steep and filthy, abounding in rocks and rough mountains.

  • The story is a dramatic one, abounding in strong situations.

    The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine
  • I am very much obliged by your letter of February 13th, abounding with so many highly interesting facts.

British Dictionary definitions for abounding


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 abounding

1630s, present participle adjective from abound; originally "affluent;" sense of "overflowing" is recorded by 1680s.



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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