Definition of abound in English:

abound

verb

[no object]
  • 1Exist in large numbers or amounts.

    ‘rumours of a further scandal abound’
    • ‘In some situations, the declines are so gentle that arguments abound as to whether a bear market really existed at all.’
    • ‘Confusion also still abounds as to dates of public holidays.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds as to how long Amir Khan can turn his back on the long line of promoters beating a path to his door and remain in the amateur ranks.’
    • ‘Wood-panelling abounds and the atmosphere is suitably subdued.’
    • ‘Optimism abounds but there are tough choices to be made.’
    • ‘Scepticism abounds, yet even the police agree there's something out there.’
    • ‘Evidence of the Chinese talent for cooking abounds, in the humblest homes as in the costliest restaurants.’
    • ‘Doom abounds but the trawl for positives has to begin somewhere.’
    • ‘Deadpan humour abounds and the curmudgeonly Fin has a whole repertoire of exasperated sighs and steely stares as he attempts to bite the hand of friendship.’
    • ‘Realistic hope abounds but, in truth, it probably won't happen.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why rumour abounds about the levels of discontent simmering within the company.’
    • ‘Storage space abounds inside with the new fascia boasting a central lidded storage box plus two glove boxes on the passenger side.’
    • ‘Wherever you look, Ireland's wonderfully rich heritage abounds.’
    • ‘Seeing that fewer than half the EU electorate picked these MEP characters, is it any wonder that apathy abounds?’
    • ‘Rumour abounds at present in the Caherconlish area that its out of date sewerage system is about to be upgraded with the provision of a new pump house.’
    • ‘In Surbiton, around by the station, rubbish abounds.’
    • ‘At ten pm, the volume of local Greek dialect increases and friendly conversation abounds.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds that the bank was secretly doing their part to help pay back those student loans.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds about Sony's intentions over the next 24 hours.’
    • ‘Desperation abounds, especially among the young and those beyond the gilded circle of the Parisian elites.’
    be plentiful, be abundant, be numerous, proliferate, superabound, thrive, flourish, be thick on the ground
    abundant, plentiful, superabundant, considerable, copious, ample, lavish, luxuriant, profuse, boundless, munificent, bountiful, prolific, inexhaustible, generous
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    1. 1.1abound in/with Have in large numbers or amounts.
      ‘this area abounds with caravan sites’
      • ‘The garden abounds with stone carvings, some part of the fabric, others left sitting on walls or tucked away in corners to be found as you wander.’
      • ‘Africa, the origin of life, abounds with endless red deserts and intolerably hot storms.’
      • ‘The contemporary world abounds with threats and dangerous divisions.’
      • ‘The internet abounds with stories of writers who feel that their ideas were ‘borrowed’ by unscrupulous production companies.’
      • ‘To support her stand, she points out that the area abounds in charming old buildings like the ones which house the Nilgiri Library, the Higginbothams book store and the St. Stephen's Church.’
      • ‘The book abounds with learning and intelligent writing.’
      • ‘The town abounds in small-time magicians, too.’
      • ‘Australian military history abounds with such examples of valour, from the battlefields of Europe to Africa, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.’
      • ‘The first thing that the visitor to Croydon should know is that it abounds with places to eat and drink.’
      • ‘Jamaica abounds with tropical splendour and scenic vistas’
      • ‘Australian government abounds with successful models of this kind, especially at the federal level.’
      • ‘Mr. Johnson's book, by contrast, abounds in strong opinions.’
      • ‘Our Richmond Valley abounds in dwellings, public buildings, monuments, museums, cemeteries that are worthy of more than just a casual glance.’
      • ‘The wood abounds with wildlife, including badgers, foxes, shrews, butterflies and an array of birds.’
      • ‘She abounds with curiosity about village life and traditions.’
      • ‘Charles Bennett's screenplay abounds in the risqué humour that Hitchcock so relished.’
      • ‘It is a basic British prejudice about ‘abroad’ that it abounds with dangerous insects and creepy-crawlies.’
      • ‘History abounds with empires and ‘leaders’ who have taken ‘their’ people for granted.’
      • ‘History abounds with examples of good actions furthering the cause of evil…’
      • ‘More fiction than fact abounds in a country that's now flirting with calls to ignore the painful lessons of history supposedly learned in the past.’
      be full of, overflow with, teem with, be packed with, be crowded with, be thronged with, be jammed with
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Origin

Middle English (in the sense ‘overflow, be abundant’): from Old French abunder, from Latin abundare ‘overflow’, from ab- ‘from’ + undare ‘surge’ (from unda ‘a wave’).

Pronunciation

abound

/əˈbaʊnd/