\ \ [14] Abound has no connection with bind or bound. Its Latin source means literally ‘overflow’, and its nearest relative among English words is water. Latin undāreflow’ derived from undawave’ (as in undulate), which has the same ultimate root as water. The addition of the prefix ab- ‘away’ created abundāre, literally ‘flow away’, hence ‘overflow’, and eventually ‘be plentiful’. The present participial stem of the Latin verb gave English abundant and abundance. In the 14th and 15th centuries it was erroneously thought that abound had some connection with have, and the spelling habound was consequently common.

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  • abound — abound; su·per·abound; …   English syllables

  • abound — ► VERB 1) exist in large numbers or amounts. 2) (abound in/with) have in large numbers or amounts. ORIGIN Latin abundare overflow …   English terms dictionary

  • abound — index increase, proliferate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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  • abound — [v] exist in abundance be alive with, be all over the place*, be knee deep in*, be no end to*, be plentiful, be thick with*, be up to one’s ears in*, crawl with*, crowd, flourish, flow, have a full plate*, infest, overflow, proliferate, swarm,… …   New thesaurus

  • abound — a|bound [əˈbaund] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: abonder, from [i]Latin abundare, from ab away + unda wave ] to exist in very large numbers ▪ Rumours abound as to the reasons for his resignation. ▪ Examples of this abound in her book.… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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