- 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 … 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 abundāre to overflow ab- away ; see ab- 1. undāre 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.