abun·​dant ə-ˈbən-dənt How to pronounce abundant (audio)
: existing or occurring in large amounts : ample
abundant rainfall
abundant food
: marked by great plenty (as of resources)
a fair and abundant land
: amply supplied : abounding
an area abundant with bird life
abundantly adverb
flowers blooming abundantly
facts that are abundantly [=extremely] clear/obvious
Choose the Right Synonym for abundant

plentiful, ample, abundant, copious mean more than sufficient without being excessive.

plentiful implies a great or rich supply.

peaches are plentiful this summer

ample implies a generous sufficiency to satisfy a particular requirement.

ample food to last the winter

abundant suggests an even greater or richer supply than does plentiful.

streams abundant with fish

copious stresses largeness of supply rather than fullness or richness.

copious examples of bureaucratic waste

Examples of abundant in a Sentence

Rainfall is more abundant in summer. It is the most abundant bird in the forest. an abundant supply of food He offers abundant evidence that he is right. a society abundant in things to buy
Recent Examples on the Web Thanks to extended growing seasons fueling abundant and nutritious vegetation, these reindeer can pack on enough pounds in summer to sustain them through the lean winter, when starvation is a leading cause of death. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 The scientists caught the jellyfish, which are abundant in Norway’s fjords, with fine mesh nets and brought them below deck of their research vessel for study in dim rooms illuminated with red light. Kate Golembiewski, New York Times, 21 Nov. 2023 The money could go far in this Connecticut River town sandwiched between Vermont and Massachusetts with abundant hiking and fishing opportunities and small businesses. Kathy McCormack, Fortune, 21 Nov. 2023 Pharmacies were once abundant in the South Side of Chicago. Anika Nayak, STAT, 10 Nov. 2023 Advertising Opportunities Abound Among professional sports, baseball offers the most abundant marketing opportunities. Michael Schreiber, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 My advice: be flexible and consider getting seasonal roles, as these are typically abundant this time of the year. Sho Dewan, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Inspiring hillsides and nature visuals are abundant in L.A., which is probably why Pete believes that the Hollywood Hills, Griffith Observatory, and the San Gabriel and Santa Monica mountains are a vortex. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 The Detroit and Lookout Point dams block rivers that once supported some of the valley’s most abundant fish runs. Tony Schick, ProPublica, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English abundaunt, habundaunt, borrowed from Anglo-French abundant, habundant, borrowed from Latin abundant-, abundans, present participle of abundāre "to abound"

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of abundant was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Abundant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundant. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


abun·​dant ə-ˈbən-dənt How to pronounce abundant (audio)
: existing in or possessing abundance : abounding
abundantly adverb

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