abun·​dant | \ ə-ˈbən-dənt How to pronounce abundant (audio) \

Definition of abundant

1 : existing or occurring in large amounts : ample abundant rainfall abundant food
2a : marked by great plenty (as of resources) a fair and abundant land
b : amply supplied : abounding an area abundant with bird life

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Other Words from abundant

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
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Recent Examples on the Web For some, violence has become so abundant and routine that reporting it feels like an administrative burden. Ha Do Byon, STAT, "Crossing the threshold: violence against home visiting nurses," 12 Jan. 2021 Wayne County's solid waste program — its landfills and collection centers taking common household and business garbage and some other non-hazardous materials — is abundant, diverse, cheap and thriving. Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan sucks at recycling. Blame plentiful and cheap landfills," 5 Jan. 2021 Doctors like Lee are optimistic based on the data from adult tests, but drug companies need to be on careful watch for outliers—new or more abundant side effects or perhaps allergies and other immune ailments. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Why Kids Matter in the Quest to Stamp Out Covid-19," 29 Jan. 2021 On the edges of this region, oaks and their highly nutritious acorns are more abundant, as are farmers' corn and other fields. Star Tribune, "Mystery around bears' reproduction is a reminder of their balancing act," 28 Jan. 2021 Given that dwarf stars like Proxima Centauri are much more abundant than the sun, most habitable planets might be covered with dark red grass, which would be as soothing to the infrared eyes of most exo-vacationers as green grass is to us. Avi Loeb, Scientific American, "Why Do We Assume Extraterrestrials Might Want to Visit Us?," 21 Jan. 2021 As a result, jakes might be less abundant in spring 2021. Brian Lovett, Outdoor Life, "Your State-by-State Spring 2021 Turkey Forecast," 8 Jan. 2021 Experts say whales are likely drawn to New York waters in pursuit of prey, particularly menhaden, also known as bunker, which have become more abundant in the area in recent years. Kate King, WSJ, "Whale Watching in New York Grows More Common," 10 Dec. 2020 And cases based on antigen tests can be even more significant in counties where these rapid tests have been more abundant. Lisa Waananen Jones, New York Times, "States Undercount Positive Rapid Tests, Masking the Spread of Disease," 1 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of abundant

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

History and Etymology for abundant

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

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

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“Abundant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abundant. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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abun·​dant | \ ə-ˈbən-dənt How to pronounce abundant (audio) \

Kids Definition of abundant

: more than enough : plentiful abundant rainfall

Other Words from abundant

abundantly adverb Flowers grew abundantly in the field.

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