Definition of abound in US English:

abound

verb

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

    ‘rumors of a further scandal abound’
    • ‘Confusion also still abounds as to dates of public holidays.’
    • ‘In Surbiton, around by the station, rubbish abounds.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds that the bank was secretly doing their part to help pay back those student loans.’
    • ‘Optimism abounds but there are tough choices to be made.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Wherever you look, Ireland's wonderfully rich heritage abounds.’
    • ‘Evidence of the Chinese talent for cooking abounds, in the humblest homes as in the costliest restaurants.’
    • ‘Storage space abounds inside with the new fascia boasting a central lidded storage box plus two glove boxes on the passenger side.’
    • ‘Seeing that fewer than half the EU electorate picked these MEP characters, is it any wonder that apathy abounds?’
    • ‘Doom abounds but the trawl for positives has to begin somewhere.’
    • ‘Speculation abounds about Sony's intentions over the next 24 hours.’
    • ‘Scepticism abounds, yet even the police agree there's something out there.’
    • ‘In some situations, the declines are so gentle that arguments abound as to whether a bear market really existed at all.’
    • ‘Desperation abounds, especially among the young and those beyond the gilded circle of the Parisian elites.’
    • ‘At ten pm, the volume of local Greek dialect increases and friendly conversation abounds.’
    • ‘It is easy to see why rumour abounds about the levels of discontent simmering within the company.’
    • ‘Rumour abounds at present in the Caherconlish area that its out of date sewerage system is about to be upgraded with the provision of a new pump house.’
    • ‘Wood-panelling abounds and the atmosphere is suitably subdued.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 land abounds with wildlife’
      • ‘Mr. Johnson's book, by contrast, abounds in strong opinions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Australian government abounds with successful models of this kind, especially at the federal level.’
      • ‘The wood abounds with wildlife, including badgers, foxes, shrews, butterflies and an array of birds.’
      • ‘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 internet abounds with stories of writers who feel that their ideas were ‘borrowed’ by unscrupulous production companies.’
      • ‘History abounds with empires and ‘leaders’ who have taken ‘their’ people for granted.’
      • ‘The contemporary world abounds with threats and dangerous divisions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She abounds with curiosity about village life and traditions.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Jamaica abounds with tropical splendour and scenic vistas’
      • ‘The first thing that the visitor to Croydon should know is that it abounds with places to eat and drink.’
      • ‘Charles Bennett's screenplay abounds in the risqué humour that Hitchcock so relished.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The town abounds in small-time magicians, too.’
      • ‘History abounds with examples of good actions furthering the cause of evil…’
      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

/əˈbound//əˈbaʊnd/