- Abound means to have many of something.
An example of something that abounds is children in a pool on a hot summer day.
- The definition of abound means to have a large amount of something.
An example of abound is to collect a great many collectible stamps or other items.
- to be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts: tropical plants abound in the jungle
- to have plenty; be filled; be wealthy (in) or teem (with): a land that abounds in grain, woods that abound with game
Origin of aboundMiddle English abounden ; from Old French abonder ; from Classical Latin abundare, to overflow ; from ab-, away + undare, to rise in waves ; from unda, a wave: see water
intransitive verba·bound·ed, a·bound·ing, a·bounds
- To be great in number or amount: “In areas where scorpions abound, spider populations are generally kept in check” (Natalie Angier).
- To have something in great numbers or amounts. Often used with in or with: “Neanderthal sites &ellipsis; abound with artifacts, including scrapers, choppers, hand axes, and knives” (Philip and Carol Zaleski). See Synonyms at teem1.
Origin of aboundMiddle English abounden, from Old French abonder, from Latin abundare, to overflow : ab-, away; see ab–1 + undare, to flow (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present abounds, present participle abounding, simple past and past participle abounded)
- (intransitive) To be full to overflowing. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (intransitive) To be highly productive.
- (intransitive) To be present or available in large numbers; to be plentiful. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- Wild animals abound wherever man does not stake his claim.
- (intransitive) To revel in. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 18th century.]
- (intransitive) To be copiously supplied;
- The wilderness abounds in traps.
- (copiously supplied): Abound is followed by in or with.