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

  • intransitive v. To be great in number or amount.
  • intransitive v. To be fully supplied or filled; teem. See Synonyms at teem1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be highly productive.
  • v. To be copiously supplied;

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To be in great plenty; to be very prevalent; to be plentiful.
  • intransitive v. To be copiously supplied; -- followed by in or with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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


Middle English abounden, from Old French abonder, from Latin abundāre, to overflow : ab-, away; see ab-1 + undāre, to flow (from unda, wave; see wed-1 in Indo-European roots).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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