to occur or exist in great quantities or numbers:
a stream in which trout abound.
to be rich or well supplied (usually followed by in):
The region abounds in coal.
to be filled; teem (usually followed by with):
The ship abounds with rats.
Contemporary Examples

Soon, theories were abounding in the blogosphere about the motivation and real identity of the writer.
The Curious Tale of Obama’s Biggest Defender Michael Smerconish January 26, 2010

Historical Examples

It is a delightful island, abounding in every necessary of life.
The World of Waters Mrs. David Osborne

He had come to have an abounding faith in the little red-haired man.
Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner

Whomsoever this fierce poisonous thirst overcomes, in this world, his sufferings increase like the abounding Bîrana grass.
Sacred Books of the East Various

Apart from these the road is wearisome and abounding with dangers.
The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ Nicolas Notovitch

In a century of abounding wealth England still has in its midst a hideous mass of poverty which is too appalling to think of.
The History of the Fabian Society Edward R. Pease

It has numerous streams which are clear and beautiful, abounding in fish.
Old Mackinaw W. P. Strickland.

Every part of it was steep and filthy, abounding in rocks and rough mountains.
Trips to the Moon Lucian

The story is a dramatic one, abounding in strong situations.
The Highgrader William MacLeod Raine

I am very much obliged by your letter of February 13th, abounding with so many highly interesting facts.
More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II Charles Darwin

verb (intransitive)
to exist or occur in abundance; be plentiful: a swamp in which snakes abound
foll by with or in. to be plentifully supplied (with); teem (with): the gardens abound with flowers, the fields abound in corn

1630s, present participle adjective from abound; originally “affluent;” sense of “overflowing” is recorded by 1680s.

early 14c., from Old French abonder “to abound, be abundant, come together in great numbers” (12c.), from Latin abundare “overflow, run over,” from Latin ab- “off” (see ab-) + undare “rise in a wave,” from unda “water, wave” (see water (n.)). Related: Abounded; abounding.


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