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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The company is also known for its abundance of training opportunities, with 60 to 70 opportunities available each month, from profit and loss statements to how to hire support staff. Michael L. Jackson, Indianapolis Star, "Top Workplaces 2018: Keller Williams Realty," 10 June 2018 With its abundance of alleys and walkable streets, the walls have attracted artists from around the world. G. James Daichendt, sandiegouniontribune.com, "5 must-see San Diego visual arts experiences," 10 June 2018 This opened her eyes to issues at home in Iowa, where 385,000 people experience food insecurity and an estimated 84% to 90% of food is brought in from other states, despite the abundance of farmland. Tracy Saelinger, Woman's Day, "Gardening Led This Veteran to a New Life of Hope and Healing," 11 July 2018 The abundance of romantic options plays a role too, according to Marisa T. Cohen, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at St. Francis College in New York City. Jenna Birch, Health.com, "You've Already Broken Up Once—Here’s How to Know if the Relationship Can Really Work," 10 July 2018 Living down there and the abundance of food sources to play with in the kitchen and making good food was amazing. David Sharos, Naperville Sun, "Chef's Choice: World travel inspires exotic dishes for Che Figata chef," 27 June 2018 That could lead to fundamental discoveries about the relative abundance of elements across the universe. NBC News, "5 ways the world's fastest supercomputer could change the world," 18 June 2018 That’s also true for the abundance of chrome all over the front of it and pretty much everywhere else, which seems to be more than there’s been on every car from the past 30 years. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross proves times have changed," 13 June 2018 Seriously, tables overflowed with the abundance of tropical fruit, next-level crudites, and the freshest seafood. The Healthyish Team, Bon Appetit, "12 Things We Loved About Healthyish Homecoming," 13 June 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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