Definition of teem verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

teem

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verb
BrE BrE//tiːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tiːm//
 
[intransitive](also be teeming)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they teem
BrE BrE//tiːm//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tiːm//
 
he / she / it teems
BrE BrE//tiːmz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tiːmz//
 
past simple teemed
BrE BrE//tiːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tiːmd//
 
past participle teemed
BrE BrE//tiːmd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tiːmd//
 
-ing form teeming
BrE BrE//ˈtiːmɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtiːmɪŋ//
 
 
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(of rain) to fall heavily synonym pour The rain was teeming down. It was teeming with rain. Word Originverb Middle English: from Old Norse tœma ‘to empty’, from tómr ‘empty’. The original sense was ‘to empty’, specifically ‘to drain liquid from, pour liquid out’; the current sense (originally dialect) dates from the early 19th cent.

teem with something.

Old English tēman, tīeman, of Germanic origin; related to team. The original senses included ‘give birth to’, also ‘be or become pregnant’, giving rise to ‘be full of’ in the late 16th cent.
Phrasal Verbsteem with something
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: teem

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