teem

teem, *abound, swarm, overflow can all mean to be plentifully supplied (with) or to be rich (in). Though they are often interchangeable, each of these words may carry distinctive implications. Teem implies productiveness or fecundity
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the rivers teem with fish

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his mind teems with plans

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It often suggests little more than crowding and activity
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Tozeur, which has a railway station and positively teems with French officials— Huxley

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Abound implies plenitude in numbers or amount; usually it stresses profusion
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distant forests aglow with tropical colors and abounding with strange forms of life— Jefferies

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It is as often used with reference to qualities as to things
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the young soldiers abound in vigor and courage

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Swarm in its relevant extended sense implies even more strongly than teem motion and thronging
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a marketplace swarming with buyers and sellers— Macaulay

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It is also more capable of suggesting infestation
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the house swarmed with flies

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Overflow in its extended sense adds to abound the implication of exceeding capacity
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he overflows with good nature

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Sometimes it suggests glutting
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the market overflows with goods

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Analogous words: *bear, produce, yield, turn out: *generate, engender, breed, propagate: multiply, augment, *increase

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  • Teem — Teem, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Teemed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Teeming}.] [OE. temen, AS. t[=e]man, t?man, from te[ a]m. See {Team}.] 1. To bring forth young, as an animal; to produce fruit, as a plant; to bear; to be pregnant; to conceive; to multiply.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teem — [ti:m] v teem down phr v [: Old English; Origin: timan, tAman] to rain very heavily ▪ It s been teeming down all day. teem with / [teem with sb/sth] phr v 1.) to be very full of people or animals, all moving about ▪ The island was teeming with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • teem — [ tim ] verb intransitive often progressive if it is teeming or teeming down, a lot of rain is falling teem with phrasal verb transitive teem with someone/something to contain an extremely large number of people, animals, or objects that are all… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Teem — Teem, v. t. [Icel. t[ae]ma to empty, from t[=o]mr empty; akin to Dan. t[ o]mme to empty, Sw. t[ o]mma. See {Toom} to empty.] 1. To pour; commonly followed by out; as, to teem out ale. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Swift. [1913 Webster] 2. (Steel Manuf.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teem — Ⅰ. teem [1] ► VERB (teem with) ▪ be full of or swarming with. ORIGIN Old English, «give birth to» or «be or become pregnant»; related to TEAM(Cf. ↑team). Ⅱ. teem [2] …   English terms dictionary

  • Teem — Teem, v. t. [See {Tame}, a., and cf. {Beteem}.] To think fit. [Obs. or R.] G. Gifford. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Teem — Teem, v. t. To produce; to bring forth. [R.] [1913 Webster] That [grief] of an hour s age doth hiss the speaker; Each minute teems a new one. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • teem — index propagate (increase), pullulate Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • TEEM — sigla ES ingl. Trans Europe Express Merchandises, treno espresso per il trasporto merci attraverso l Europa …   Dizionario italiano

  • teem — It sometimes causes surprise that the two apparently close meanings involved here are of two distinct verbs. One, from an Old English word meaning ‘to give birth to’, means ‘to be full of or swarming with’ (as in a sea teeming with fish), and the …   Modern English usage


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