Abound Definition

abounded, abounds
abounded, abounds
To be great in number or amount.
American Heritage
To be plentiful; exist in large numbers or amounts.
Tropical plants abound in the jungle.
Webster's New World
To have something in great numbers or amounts. Often used with in or with .
American Heritage
To have plenty; be filled; be wealthy (in) or teem (with)
A land that abounds in grain, woods that abound with game.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To be full to overflowing. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]


Origin of Abound

  • From Middle English abounden, abounde, from Old French abonder, abunder, from Latin abundāre, present active infinitive of abundō (“overflow”), which comes from ab (“from, down from”) + undō (“surge, swell, rise in waves, move in waves”), from unda (“wave”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English abounden from Old French abonder from Latin abundāre to overflow ab- away ab–1 undāre to flow (from unda wave wed-1 in Indo-European roots)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • First attested around 1325.

    From Wiktionary

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