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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Unlike a stamp or coin, though, the beauty holy grail is born out of the curse of abundance, not rarity. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The “best” lipstick probably won’t change your life — but the search for it can," 12 Dec. 2018 There’s also an abundance of Harry Potter–themed outings (a Muggles walk!), and easy ways to snap up Madame Tussauds tickets. Lale Arikoglu, Condé Nast Traveler, "Google's Touring Bird Will Help You Plan Your Trip Itinerary," 7 Sep. 2018 Netflix, which doesn't have an abundance of HDR content, currently doesn't charge for HDR video. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "Netflix testing higher-priced 'Ultra' plans," 5 July 2018 In general, Hanekamp says that any crystal that cultivates a sense of abundance (of health, light, love, success) has a place in your home during the solstice. refinery29.com, "Yes, There's A Perfect Crystal For The Summertime," 19 June 2018 Though there aren’t firm stats on the true abundance, the lobster is certainly a rare find. Robinson Russell, National Geographic, "Why This Rare Lobster Is Colored Like Blue Cotton Candy," 19 June 2018 That image—abundance at the center of a depopulated landscape—sums up the reality of rural Kansas. Michelle Weber, Longreads, "It Turns Out No One’s in Kansas Anymore," 1 May 2018 The irony is that this spring there has been snow in abundance, with 20 centimeters (8 inches) of fresh powder falling on Crans-Montana pistes last weekend and as much as 4 meters of snow near the upper reaches of the 2,927-meter summit. Bloomberg.com, "Bond's Favorite Swiss Ski Resort Loses License to Thrill," 5 Apr. 2018 Near the peak of the market in 2005, when agents were in abundance, the average commission rate was just 5.02 percent. Mary Shanklin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Taxes, commissions drive cost of home sales, report shows," 26 Mar. 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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