from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be great in number or amount.
  • intransitive verb To have something in great numbers or amounts. Often used with in or with: synonym: teem.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To be in great plenty; be very prevalent.
  • To be unstinted in possession or supply (of anything); be copiously provided or furnished (with anything).
  • To teem or be replete (with), as that which is furnished or supplied, or is an intrinsic characteristic: as, the country abounds with wealth, or with fine scenery.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To be in great plenty; to be very prevalent; to be plentiful.
  • intransitive verb To be copiously supplied; -- followed by in or with.
  • intransitive verb to possess in such abundance as to be characterized by.
  • intransitive verb to be filled with; to possess in great numbers.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To be highly productive.
  • verb intransitive To be copiously supplied;

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities
  • verb be in a state of movement or action


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English abounden, from Old French abonder, from Latin abundāre, to overflow : ab-, away; see ab– + undāre, to flow (from unda, wave; see wed- in Indo-European roots).]


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