V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. to be plentiful; 2. to contain something in large numbers

Synonyms: teem, swarm, overflow, prevail, brim

Antonyms: lack

Tips: Abound is derived from the Latin abundare, "to overflow." The related adjective abundant refers to something that is plentiful. Since it's an intransitive verb, abound can sometimes seem like an adjective. It is actually used in a similar way to the adjective "overflowing." If something is abound it is overflowing in abundance. Abound is synonymous with teem. See teem for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

The streets abounded with happy revelers. (teemed, overflowed)

The abundant food supply meant that the deer would survive through the winter. (plentiful) adjective

Rumors abound in this small town. (teem, prevail)

The lavish buffet offered an abundant array of entrees and desserts. (plentiful, bounteous) adjective

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