Teem meaning

tēm
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(obsolete, rare) To think fit.

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Teem is defined as to be full of something and ready to burst or to pour.

An example of to teem is for a water balloon to be so full of water that it is about to pop.

An example of to teem is to have rain fall on the roof.

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To be full of things; abound or swarm.

A drop of water teems with microorganisms.

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(obsolete) To be or become pregnant; bear young.
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To give birth to.
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To rain hard or heavily; pour.
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To pour out or empty.

Teemed the molten ore into a huge mold.

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(obs.) To produce offspring; bear.
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To be full, as though ready to bring forth young; abound; swarm.

A river teeming with fish.

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(now rare) To empty; pour out.
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To pour.

A teeming rain.

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To be full of things; abound or swarm.

A drop of water teems with microorganisms.

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To be stocked to overflowing.
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To be prolific; to abound.
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To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.
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(archaic) To empty.
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To pour (especially with rain)
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To pour, as steel, from a melting pot; to fill, as a mould, with molten metal.
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Origin of teem

  • Middle English temen to beget, bear from Old English tīeman, tēman deuk- in Indo-European roots

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

  • Middle English temen to drain from Old Norse töma

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

  • From Old English tēman, whence also team.

    From Wiktionary

  • See tame (adjective) and compare beteem.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old Norse tœma.

    From Wiktionary