Verb abound Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


abound (third-person singular simple present abounds, present participle abounding, simple past and past participle abounded)

  1. (intransitive) To be full to overflowing. [1]
  2. (intransitive, obsolete) To be wealthy. [1]
  3. (intransitive) To be highly productive.
  4. (intransitive) To be present or available in large numbers; to be plentiful. [1]
  5. (intransitive) To revel in. [1]
  6. (intransitive) To be copiously supplied;

More definition: occur or exist in great quantities or numbers, a stream in which trout abound. be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in), The region abounds in coal. be filled; teem (usually followed by with), The ship abounds with rats.

1. to exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful, a swamp in which snakes abound

2. foll by with or in. to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with), the gardens abound with flowers, the fields abound in corn Word OriginC14, via Old French from Latin abundāre to overflow, from undāre to flow, from unda waveCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
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.


And she abhors the false prophets who abound and considers the million dollar reward offered a direct invasion of her privacy.

Ducks, cranes and other aquatic birds abound in the delta.

Excellent fish of many varieties abound in the Australian seas and in many of the rivers.

Sheep abound in the more temperate regions, and goats are universally met with; both of these animals are used as beasts of burden in the mountains of Tibet.

Insects abound, especially Coleoptera.

The earliest Greek alchemistical writings abound with references to Oriental authorities and traditions.

The dehesas or moorlands abound in game, and fish are plentiful in all the streams. The mineral resources of the province, which are considerable, were known to some extent to the ancients.

There are cases where the values of two individuals or groups are mutually exclusive.

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