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Abound is sometimes a misspelling of about.

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Definition of the verb abound

What does abound mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: abounded | abounding | abounds

  1. be abundant or plentiful; exist in large quantities
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme, indefinite] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There abound flowers in the garden
      [Location - location, but not region] [Verb] with [Theme]The garden abounds with flowers
      [Theme - concrete, plural] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Flowers abound in the garden
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
  2. be in a state of movement or action
    • examples: The room abounded with screaming children | The crowds abound in the streets | The streets abound with crowds
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of abound: bristle / burst
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature

Alternative definition of the verb abound


  1. [intransitive] To be plentiful; to be very prevalent; to overflow.
  2. [intransitive] To be copiously supplied; to be wealthy in; to teem with; -- followed by in or with.

Phrases with abound

Phrases starting with the word abound:

  1. abound in
  2. abound with

Other phrases containing the word abound:

  1. to abound in
  2. To Abound with

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for abound

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Google previewMethod and Metaphysics in Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed (2011)

by Daniel Davies

Abound is a restriction. Consequently, the tighter the bound, the more restricting it is and the more perfections it excludes. The less restricting the individual bound, the RELIGIOUS LANGUAGE (B): PERFECTIONS AND SIMPLICITY (81)...

Google previewMounce's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (2009)

by William D. Mounce

perisseu means “to abound, be in abundance, overflow.” Jesus announces that unless one's righteousness “abounds” more than that of the Pharisees, the kingdom of heaven cannot be ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

The rivers abound with fish. Jorm the Pennlylvanian character. As the leading (14 .) Pennsylvania, rivers of. The chief traits in this character, thus constituted, we may rivers are the Delaware, Schuylkill, Susquehan- venture to mention industry, ...

Google previewChamber's Encyclopedia: A dictionary of universal knowledge for the people (1878)

Parrots abound in the tropical forests, and although only one species extends northward into the United States, yet in South A., birds of this ...

Google previewFowler's Concise Dictionary of Modern English Usage (2015)

by Fellow of the British Academy and Senior Research Fellow Jeremy Butterfield, Jeremy Butterfield

abound can have as its subject things ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia metropolitana, or, Universal dictionary of knowledge (1845)

comprising the twofold advantage of a philosophical and an alphabetical arrangement, with appropriate engravings by Samuel Taylor Coleridge


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Words are like leaves and where they most abound, Much fruit of sense beneath is rarely found. (Alexander Pope)
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Scrabble value of A1B3O1U1N1D2

The value of this 6-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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