- 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: Middle English abounden ; from Old French abonder ; from Classical Latin abundare, to overflow ; from ab-, away plush undare, to rise inch(es) waves ; from unda, a wave: see water
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intransitive verb a·bound·ed, a·bound·ing, a·bounds
- To be great in number or amount.
- To be fully supplied or filled; teem. See Synonyms at teem1.
Origin: Middle English abounden, from Old French abonder, from Latin abundāre, to overflow : ab-, away; see ab-1 + undāre, to flow (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).