- 1Exist in large numbers or amounts: rumours of a further scandal aboundMore example sentences
be plentiful, be abundant, be numerous, proliferate, superabound, thrive, flourish, be thick on the ground• informal grow on treesBritish • informal be two/ten a pennyabundant, plentiful, superabundant, considerable, copious, ample, lavish, luxuriant, profuse, boundless, munificent, bountiful, prolific, inexhaustible, generous; galore• literary plenteous
- In some situations, the declines are so gentle that arguments abound as to whether a bear market really existed at all.
- Realistic hope abounds but, in truth, it probably won't happen.
- In Surbiton, around by the station, rubbish abounds.
- 1.1 (abound in/with) Have in large numbers or amounts: this area abounds with caravan sitesMore example sentences
be full of, overflow with, teem with, be packed with, be crowded with, be thronged with, be jammed with; be alive with, be overrun with, swarm with, bristle with, be bristling with, be infested with, be thick with• informal be crawling with, be lousy with, be stuffed with, be jam-packed with, be chock-a-block with, be chock-full of• rare pullulate with
- Africa, the origin of life, abounds with endless red deserts and intolerably hot storms.
- Australian military history abounds with such examples of valour, from the battlefields of Europe to Africa, from the Mediterranean to the Pacific.
- Jamaica abounds with tropical splendour and scenic vistas
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').