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.
October saw the industry shrink; layoffs and closures abounded.
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Themes of armed resistance and solidarity between Africans and Indians abounded on the many costumes.
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In nearby Mentor, Ohio, outside East Cleveland, broken children like Sladjana abounded.
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Misconceptions and preconceived notions about Afghanistan abounded.
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This is a far cry from the 50s and 60s, when California abounded in new owner-occupied single family homes.
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They abounded with deep nullahs, or ravines, with abrupt banks of a clayey nature.
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Money, moreover, was thrown into it; gifts to the Blessed Virgin abounded.
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This plain was covered with wild indigo, and abounded with peafowl.
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The Temple was chiefly remarkable for the dirt which abounded.
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It was supposed to have abounded in golden mines in some parts of it.
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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
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.
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 […]
of; concerning; in regard to: instructions about the work; a book about the Civil War. connected or associated with: There was an air of mystery about him. near; close to: a man about my height; about six o’clock. in or somewhere near: He is about the house. on every side of; around: the railing about […]
- About face
(used as a military command to perform an about-face). Military. a turn of 180° from the position of attention. a complete, sudden change in position, direction, principle, attitude, etc.: They’ve done an about-face in their foreign policy. to execute an about face. to turn in the opposite direction. to switch to an opposite opinion.
- About ship
(as a command) put the ship about. Nautical. to tack. verb -ships, -shipping, -shipped (intransitive) (nautical) to manoeuvre a vessel onto a new tack
- About that
about that Related Terms sorry about that