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teem1

[teem] /tim/
verb (used without object)
1.
to abound or swarm; be prolific or fertile (usually followed by with).
2.
Obsolete. to be or become pregnant; bring forth young.
verb (used with object)
3.
Obsolete. to produce (offspring).
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English temen, Old English tēman, tīeman to produce (offspring), derivative of tēam team
Related forms
teemer, noun
Synonyms
1. overflow, brim, overrun, bristle.

teem2

[teem] /tim/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to empty or pour out; discharge.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English temen < Old Norse tæma to empty, derivative of tōmr empty, cognate with Old English tōm free from
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  • With the promise of early beach getaways looming, gyms fill up and sidewalks teem with shoppers.
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  • The capital, which seems to teem with people, is in fact less busy than five years ago.
  • But the heavens teem with smaller, far more numerous asteroids that could strike in the near future, with devastating effects.
  • They swear the ponds teem with monstrous carp and pike.
  • The capital, which seems to teem with people, is in fact a net exporter of migrants.
  • Inside the courtyard of the four-story building, the exterior corridors teem with people.
  • Beaches and coves teem with sea birds and marine mammals.
  • The waters here teem with brilliantly colored tropical fish.
  • Yet these phrases teem with intensity and patches of poignant lyricism, meltingly conveyed by this impressive singer.
British Dictionary definitions for teem

teem1

/tiːm/
verb
1.
(intransitive) usually foll by with. to be prolific or abundant (in); abound (in)
2.
(obsolete) to bring forth (young)
Word Origin
Old English tēman to produce offspring; related to West Saxon tīeman; see team

teem2

/tiːm/
verb
1.
(intransitive; often foll by down or with rain) to pour in torrents: it's teeming down
2.
(transitive) to pour or empty out
Derived Forms
teemer, noun
Word Origin
C15 temen to empty, from Old Norse tœma; related to Old English tōm, Old High German zuomīg empty
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Word Origin and History for teem
v.

"abound, swarm," Old English teman (Mercian), tieman (West Saxon) "give birth to, produce," from Proto-Germanic *taumijanan, from PIE *deuk- "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Related to team in its now-obsolete Old English sense of "family, brood of young animals." The meaning "be fertile, abound, swarm" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Teemed; teeming.

"to flow copiously," c.1300, from Old Norse toema "to empty," from tomr "empty," cognate with Old English tom "empty." The original notion is of "to empty a vessel," thus "to pour out." Related: Teemed; teeming.

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