abundance

noun

abun·​dance ə-ˈbən-dən(t)s How to pronounce abundance (audio)
1
: an ample quantity : an abundant amount : profusion
a city that has an abundance of fine restaurants
2
: affluence, wealth
a life of abundance
3
: relative degree of plentifulness
low abundances of uranium and thorium H. C. Urey

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Example Sentences

a plant with an abundance of flowers a plant known for the abundance of its flowers
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English aboundaunce, habundaunce, borrowed from Anglo-French abundance, habundance, borrowed from Latin abundantia, noun derivative of abundant-, abundans abundant

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of abundance was in the 14th century

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“Abundance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundance. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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abundance

noun

abun·​dance ə-ˈbən-dəns How to pronounce abundance (audio)
: a large quantity : plenty

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