Definition of abound in English:

abound

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Exist in large numbers or amounts.

    ‘rumours of a further scandal abound’
    • ‘Seeing that fewer than half the EU electorate picked these MEP characters, is it any wonder that apathy abounds?’
    • ‘Realistic hope abounds but, in truth, it probably won't happen.’
    • ‘In some situations, the declines are so gentle that arguments abound as to whether a bear market really existed at all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds that the bank was secretly doing their part to help pay back those student loans.’
    • ‘Scepticism abounds, yet even the police agree there's something out there.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why rumour abounds about the levels of discontent simmering within the company.’
    • ‘Wood-panelling abounds and the atmosphere is suitably subdued.’
    • ‘Wherever you look, Ireland's wonderfully rich heritage abounds.’
    • ‘In Surbiton, around by the station, rubbish abounds.’
    • ‘Doom abounds but the trawl for positives has to begin somewhere.’
    • ‘Desperation abounds, especially among the young and those beyond the gilded circle of the Parisian elites.’
    • ‘Rumour abounds at present in the Caherconlish area that its out of date sewerage system is about to be upgraded with the provision of a new pump house.’
    • ‘Optimism abounds but there are tough choices to be made.’
    • ‘Storage space abounds inside with the new fascia boasting a central lidded storage box plus two glove boxes on the passenger side.’
    • ‘At ten pm, the volume of local Greek dialect increases and friendly conversation abounds.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds about Sony's intentions over the next 24 hours.’
    • ‘Confusion also still abounds as to dates of public holidays.’
    • ‘Evidence of the Chinese talent for cooking abounds, in the humblest homes as in the costliest restaurants.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She abounds with curiosity about village life and traditions.’
      • ‘Our Richmond Valley abounds in dwellings, public buildings, monuments, museums, cemeteries that are worthy of more than just a casual glance.’
      • ‘Australian military history abounds with such examples of valour, from the battlefields of Europe to Africa, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.’
      • ‘History abounds with empires and ‘leaders’ who have taken ‘their’ people for granted.’
      • ‘Australian government abounds with successful models of this kind, especially at the federal level.’
      • ‘History abounds with examples of good actions furthering the cause of evil…’
      • ‘It is a basic British prejudice about ‘abroad’ that it abounds with dangerous insects and creepy-crawlies.’
      • ‘The book abounds with learning and intelligent writing.’
      • ‘The contemporary world abounds with threats and dangerous divisions.’
      • ‘Jamaica abounds with tropical splendour and scenic vistas’
      • ‘The town abounds in small-time magicians, too.’
      • ‘Africa, the origin of life, abounds with endless red deserts and intolerably hot storms.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Charles Bennett's screenplay abounds in the risqué humour that Hitchcock so relished.’
      • ‘The internet abounds with stories of writers who feel that their ideas were ‘borrowed’ by unscrupulous production companies.’
      • ‘The first thing that the visitor to Croydon should know is that it abounds with places to eat and drink.’
      • ‘The wood abounds with wildlife, including badgers, foxes, shrews, butterflies and an array of birds.’
      • ‘Mr. Johnson's book, by contrast, abounds in strong opinions.’
      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/