abun·​dance | \ə-ˈbən-dən(t)s \

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

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If anything, the physical costumes and practical effects of Prospect feel particularly welcome in a world where an abundance of CG imagery is still the norm. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Prospect is a stylish science fiction movie that puts world building first," 31 Oct. 2018 After all, plants and flowers are in full bloom and daylight hours are at their max — abundance is kind of the theme this time of year. refinery29.com, "Yes, There's A Perfect Crystal For The Summertime," 19 June 2018 Recent assessments of the snapper stock indicate the Gulf-wide abundance of the popular reef fish is at a 40-year high, with 40 percent of the Gulf’s total biomass of snapper living in waters off Texas. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Red snapper season gains length this year," 31 May 2018 The highlight of our tea service, other than the abundance of tea and food tasting opportunities within a glitzy gilded ballroom, was the royal wedding video footage. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Crown and Crumpet’s high tea just the thing for royal wedding," 22 May 2018 The abundance of livestock in Mexico is dangerous for wolves, according to Mike Phillips, a wolf biologist and director of the Turner Endangered Species Fund. Alex Devoid, azcentral, "Can Mexican gray wolves survive in Mexico? Ranchers, advocates square off in familiar debate," 13 May 2018 While people have been shorting Tesla since the company went public years ago, the current abundance of shorts is staggering, even by fickle Wall Street naysayer standards. Nick Bilton, The Hive, "“Untethered from Reality”: Is Elon Musk Having His Kanye West Moment?," 11 May 2018 An abundance of pandoro cakes (panettone without the fruit), cannolis, and Italian rainbow cake cookies, were also on offer. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Chef Laila Gohar Provides Fructose and Glucose Galore at Vogue’s Pre-Met Gala Party," 6 May 2018 The abundance of Millennials based in D.C. is one of the things that twenty-five-year-old Courtney Maz likes most. Caroline Tanner, USA TODAY, "Best and worst places to be a Millennial — from D.C. to New Mexico," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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abun·​dance | \ə-ˈbən-dəns \

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

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