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

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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Police Department responded to the store at 9165 Cahill Ave just before 7:30 p.m. Out of an abundance of caution, officers evacuated customers and employees from the business, according to a news release. Alex Chhith, Star Tribune, "Suspicious item that shut down Inver Grove Heights Walmart was not explosive," 2 Feb. 2021 If the benefits of a post-work society would not be made available to them—if a nationalist vision of abundance for citizens that excludes noncitizens takes shape in the U.S.—would people still want to go? Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "Post-Work Migration and the End of America," 12 Jan. 2021 The city had hoped to conduct a ceremony but, out of an abundance of caution as COVID-19 case numbers tick up in Mesquite and the region, leaders opted to open the memorial and encourage residents to visit on their own. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite Veterans Memorial opening to the public as city honors those who serve," 4 Nov. 2020 The vice president has remained at his residence since Friday out of an abundance of caution to limit contact with those individuals who were potentially exposed, an official said. Gordon Lubold And Ryan Tracy, WSJ, "Trump Campaign Seeks Reset With Pence Appearances, Virtual Events," 4 Oct. 2020 When out of an abundance of caution that preservative was removed from almost all U.S. vaccines, many moved on to aluminum as the enemy toxin. Jonathan M. Berman, STAT, "Believers need to be as prepared for a Covid-19 vaccine as anti-vaxxers are against it," 9 Sep. 2020 Meanwhile, the State Fair of Texas itself remains canceled out of an abundance of caution amid the ongoing coronavirus health crisis. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "State Fair of Texas to serve its fried food via 'drive-thru experience' for first time in history," 28 Aug. 2020 The week was cut short, however, as classes were canceled Wednesday through Friday out of an abundance of caution with the arrival of Hurricane Laura on the Gulf Coast. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, "Needville ISD welcomes back students," 27 Aug. 2020 Ginther said that the city is staying prepared through Jan. 20 out of an abundance of caution. Washington Post, "State leaders say volatile mix of far-right, white supremacist groups could challenge law enforcement," 16 Jan. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'abundance.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abundance

Time Traveler for abundance

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for abundance

Last Updated

18 Feb 2021

Cite this Entry

“Abundance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundance. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for abundance


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

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on abundance

What made you want to look up abundance? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!