boun·​ti·​ful ˈbau̇n-ti-fəl How to pronounce bountiful (audio)
: liberal or generous in bestowing gifts or favors
: given or provided abundantly
a bountiful harvest
bountifully adverb
bountifulness noun
Choose the Right Synonym for bountiful

liberal, generous, bountiful, munificent mean giving or given freely and unstintingly.

liberal suggests openhandedness in the giver and largeness in the thing or amount given.

a teacher liberal with her praise

generous stresses warmhearted readiness to give more than size or importance of the gift.

a generous offer of help

bountiful suggests lavish, unremitting giving or providing.

children spoiled by bountiful presents

munificent suggests a scale of giving appropriate to lords or princes.

a munificent foundation grant

Examples of bountiful in a Sentence

a bountiful supply of water a bountiful supply of apples for the harvest festival
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Word History


see bounty

First Known Use

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bountiful was in 1508

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“Bountiful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


boun·​ti·​ful ˈbau̇nt-i-fəl How to pronounce bountiful (audio)
: plentiful sense 2
a bountiful supply
bountifully adverb
bountifulness noun

Geographical Definition


geographical name

city in northern Utah north of Salt Lake City population 42,552

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