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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

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The tomatoes, along with an abundance of herbs, get gently tossed in the vinaigrette, and a final spoonful of sumac adds a finishing sprinkle of flavor. Christopher Kimball, BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: Three refreshing salads to beat the heat," 17 July 2019 The Canaries scored a staggering 93 league goals last season, nicely spread around the team with an abundance of attacking options. SI.com, "4 Positions Norwich City Need to Strengthen to Beat the Drop Next Season," 11 July 2019 Pulling the chariot represents the showering of everyone with an abundance of love, mercy and spirituality. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Festival of Chariots celebrates enlightenment," 6 July 2019 Enjoy garden views from every window, looking out into the serene yard with an abundance of mature flowering trees visited by butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Bang Staff And Correspondents, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Charming East End cottage in Alameda," 1 July 2019 With an abundance of space, Dotson went on a long run and ripped a 25-yard shot past goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Minnesota United offense comes alive in 7-1 thrashing of Cincinnati," 29 June 2019 But, there is nothing worse than coming back from the grocery store with an abundance of summer fruits and vegetables and realizing your peaches are underripe and, lets face it, practically inedible. Becca Miller, Good Housekeeping, "How to Ripen Peaches for Perfect Summer Fruit Every Time," 28 June 2019 San Ysidro Ranch is set on a sprawling 500 acres with an abundance of flora: olive, orange, eucalyptus, lemon, pepper and jacaranda trees, gardens filled with jasmine, magnolias, roses and lavender. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Glamorous Montecito Ranch Where Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger Got Married," 18 June 2019 However, with this abundance of rainfall the hillsides have been resplendent with green vegetation that is now turning brown. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Don’t let your landscaping become a fire risk," 7 June 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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abun·​dance | \ ə-ˈbən-dəns How to pronounce abundance (audio) \

Kids Definition of abundance

: a large quantity : plenty

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