Abound vs Increase - What's the difference?

abound | increase |

In lang=en terms the difference between abound and increase

is that abound is to be copiously supplied; while increase is to make (a quantity) larger.

As verbs the difference between abound and increase

is that abound is to be full to overflowing while increase is (of a quantity) to become larger.

As a noun increase is

an amount by which a quantity is increased.




(en verb)
  • To be full to overflowing.
  • (obsolete) To be wealthy.
  • To be highly productive.
  • To be present or available in large numbers; to be plentiful.
  • Wild animals abound wherever man does not stake his claim.
  • * Where sin abounded' grace did much more '''abound . ''Romans 5:20 .
  • To revel in.
  • To be copiously supplied;
  • The wilderness abounds in traps.
  • * The wild boar which abounds in some parts of the continent of Europe. - Chambers.
  • Usage notes

    * (copiously supplied) Abound is followed by in'' or ''with .

    Derived terms

    * abounder * aboundingly * abound in * abound with




    Alternative forms

    * encrease


  • (of a quantity) To become larger.
  • * Bible, Genesis vii. 17
  • The waters increased and bare up the ark.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The heavens forbid / But that our loves and comforts should increase , / Even as our days do grow!
  • To make (a quantity) larger.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Fenella Saunders, magazine=(American Scientist)
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  • To multiply by the production of young; to be fertile, fruitful, or prolific.
  • * Sir M. Hale
  • Fishes are more numerous of increasing than beasts or birds, as appears by their numerous spawn.
  • (astronomy) To become more nearly full; to show more of the surface; to wax.
  • The Moon increases .


    * (become larger) go up, grow, rise, soar (rapidly), shoot up (rapidly) * (make larger) increment, raise, (informal) up


    * (become larger) decrease, drop, fall, go down, plummet (rapidly), plunge (rapidly), reduce, shrink, sink * (make larger) cut, decrease, decrement, lower, reduce

    Derived terms

    * increasable


    (en noun)
  • An amount by which a quantity is increased.
  • * {{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Philip J. Bushnell
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  • For a quantity, the act or process of becoming larger
  • (knitting) The creation of one or more new stitches; see .
  • Synonyms

    * (amount by which a quantity is increased) gain, increment, raise, rise


    * (amount by which a quantity is increased) cut, decrease, decrement, drop, fall, loss, lowering, reduction, shrinkage