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Definition of abundance

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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Examples of abundance in a Sentence

a plant with an abundance of flowers a plant known for the abundance of its flowers
Recent Examples on the Web The water was dropped about 6 feet in an effort to remove or reduce the abundance of starry stonewort, which was first found in the lake in 2015. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An invasive species called starry stonewort has spread to Lake Country waters," 16 Sep. 2019 His return will give Oakland an abundance of starters. Susan Slusser, SFChronicle.com, "Frankie Montas will be back with A’s in two weeks - in what role?," 11 Sep. 2019 Team members from Vanderbilt and New York State Museum in Albany then used mass spectrometry to measure the relative abundance of different isotopes of carbon in the enamel from ancient and modern-day carnivores. Stephanie De Marco, Los Angeles Times, "Bones pulled from the La Brea Tar Pits show the perils of being a picky eater," 26 Aug. 2019 The aerial survey, conducted each spring since 1955, gives insight into the first question by estimating the abundance of the 10 most common duck species and the number of natural wetlands on the landscape. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Teal hunters await answers to 2 key questions," 21 Aug. 2019 Striking a deal would give Everton an abundance of riches out wide, with the likes of Richarlison, Bernard, Theo Walcott and most recently Alex Iwob all joining the club over the past 18 months. SI.com, "Everton Offered Chance to Sign Former Bayern Munich Winger Franck Ribery," 17 Aug. 2019 Southwest Airlines now operates about 20 gates at the Denver airport, a sprawling 54-square-mile property that gives it an abundance of space to grow concourses and add flights. Dallas News, "Southwest Airlines hopes to make Denver its busiest airport with 100 new flights," 15 Aug. 2019 Miss Manners can hear the sigh of relief from pen and ink manufacturers everywhere, given the abundance of black markers on the shelves. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Keeping up with escalating birthday parties," 7 Aug. 2019 Freezer bags are also useful to store the abundance of leftover food following the shiva. Arielle Kaplan, sun-sentinel.com, "Food is a constant during the shiva period," 31 July 2019

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First Known Use of abundance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for abundance

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

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

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abun·​dance | \ ə-ˈbən-dəns How to pronounce abundance (audio) \

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

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