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teemingly \ ˈtē-​miŋ-​lē

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What is the difference between the verbs teem and team?

Verb (1)

If you want to describe an overflowing abundance of something, the word you are looking for is teem. We often see reference to "the teeming masses," "streets teeming with activity," or "forests teeming with life." You want the word team if you are trying to describe pairing two or more things in a coordinated ensemble ("she teamed the oxen together"), or forming some kind of partnership or association ("we are teaming with another organization this year").


Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The task is especially hard in the Northern Virginia suburbs around Washington, DC, which teem with federal workers and highly educated and affluent voters. — Stephen Collinson, CNN, 11 Oct. 2021 Much has changed since that time — Cartagena is now home to more than a dozen upscale hotels — but the public plazas still teem with high drama, a strange and vibrant life. — Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2021 Eden: Untamed Planet Helena Bonham Carter narrates this new nature series, which visits the few remaining untouched lands that still teem with ample biodiversity. — Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 Olympic sites teem with volunteers — easily identified by their blue-and-white uniforms—rushing to assist any confused visitor. — Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Khan’s words might teem with optimism, but the Jaguars are still going to lose — more often, perhaps, than Meyer, whose worst season as a college head coach was 8-5, ever has. — New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Yet even mute wooden logs and beams appear to teem with life in Nakashima’s art, whose depths are historical as well as stylistic. — Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 Our Milky Way Galaxy should teem with 300 billion exoplanets, the researchers estimate. — Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 26 Mar. 2021 One of Blend’s many methods of extracting eensy worms from a long-dead fish is to snip the tips of the creature’s pyloric caeca, the tiny tubes that connect the stomach to the intestine and tend to teem with parasitic worms. — Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Much has changed since that time — Cartagena is now home to more than a dozen upscale hotels — but the public plazas still teem with high drama, a strange and vibrant life. — Travel + Leisure, 10 Oct. 2021 Eden: Untamed Planet Helena Bonham Carter narrates this new nature series, which visits the few remaining untouched lands that still teem with ample biodiversity. — Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2021 Olympic sites teem with volunteers — easily identified by their blue-and-white uniforms—rushing to assist any confused visitor. — Rachel Blount, Star Tribune, 23 July 2021 Our Milky Way Galaxy should teem with 300 billion exoplanets, the researchers estimate. — Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, 26 Mar. 2021 Khan’s words might teem with optimism, but the Jaguars are still going to lose — more often, perhaps, than Meyer, whose worst season as a college head coach was 8-5, ever has. — New York Times, 26 Apr. 2021 Yet even mute wooden logs and beams appear to teem with life in Nakashima’s art, whose depths are historical as well as stylistic. — Washington Post, 16 Apr. 2021 One of Blend’s many methods of extracting eensy worms from a long-dead fish is to snip the tips of the creature’s pyloric caeca, the tiny tubes that connect the stomach to the intestine and tend to teem with parasitic worms. — Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 16 Feb. 2021 Careerist designers teem in the West, with such fecund exceptions as László Moholy-Nagy and Kurt Schwitters. — Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of teem

Verb (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Verb (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


History and Etymology for teem

Verb (1)

Middle English temen, from Old English tīman, tǣman; akin to Old English tēam offspring — more at team entry 1