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1 be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities
2 be in a state of movement or action; "The room abounded with screaming children"; "The garden bristled with toddlers" [syn: burst, bristle]

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From Old English abounden, French abonder, from Latin abundare "to overflow", which comes from ab- + unda "wave".


  • (RP) /əˈbaʊnd/


  1. To be plentiful; to be very prevalent; to overflow.
    • The wild boar which abounds in some parts of the continent of Europe. - Chambers.
    • Where sin abounded grace did much more abound. Romans 5:20.
  2. To be copiously supplied; to be wealthy in; to teem with; -- followed by in or with.
    The wilderness abounds in traps.

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to be copiously supplied

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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