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- First attested around 1325.
- From Middle English abounden, abounde, from Old French abonder, abunder, from Latin abundāre, present active infinitive of abundō (“overflow”), which comes from ab (“from, down from”) + undō (“surge, swell, rise in waves, move in waves”), from unda (“wave”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈbaʊnd/
- (US) IPA(key): /əˈbaʊnd/
Audio (US) (file)
- Rhymes: -aʊnd
- (intransitive) To be full to overflowing. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (intransitive, obsolete) To be wealthy. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
- (intransitive) To be highly productive.
- (intransitive) To be present or available in large numbers; to be plentiful. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- Wild animals abound wherever man does not stake his claim.
- (intransitive) To revel in. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 18th century.]
- (intransitive) To be copiously supplied
- The wilderness abounds in traps.
- 1858-1860, George Rawlinson, The Five Great Monarchies of the Ancient Eastern World
- the wild boar, which abounds both in Azerbijan and in the country about Hamadan
- (copiously supplied): Abound is followed by in or with.
to be full to overflowing
to be highly productive
to be plentiful
to be copiously supplied
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Translations to be checked
- “abound”, in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 7.