verb (used without object)

  1. to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers: a stream in which trout abound.
  2. to be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in): The region abounds in coal.
  3. to be filled; teem (usually followed by with): The ship abounds with rats.

verb (intr)

  1. to exist or occur in abundance; be plentifula swamp in which snakes abound
  2. (foll by with or in) to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with)the gardens abound with flowers; the fields abound in corn

1630s, present participle adjective from abound; originally “affluent;” sense of “overflowing” is recorded by 1680s.


early 14c., from Old French abonder “to abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers” (12c.), from Latin abundare “overflow, run over,” from Latin ab- “off” (see ab-) + undare “rise in a wave,” from unda “water, wave” (see water (n.)). Related: Abounded; abounding.

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