boun·​ti·​ful | \ˈbau̇n-ti-fəl \

Definition of bountiful 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : liberal or generous in bestowing gifts or favors

2 : given or provided abundantly a bountiful harvest


geographical name

Definition of Bountiful (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from bountiful


bountifully \ ˈbau̇n-​ti-​f(ə-​)lē \ adverb
bountifulness \ ˈbau̇n-​ti-​fəl-​nəs \ noun

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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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This religious yet community-minded ritual intends to bestow calm seas and bountiful hauls on the seekers of scallops and such. Lauren Mccutcehon,, "Miss New Jersey, National Marbles Tournament and more things to do Down the Shore," 14 June 2018 The No Beast Feast, a garden party focusing on the region's bountiful produce. Denise Florez,, "Food Bowl calendar final week (May 28-31)," 25 May 2018 Like all trees of life, the Smithsonian’s humble tree has grown more and more bountiful with each day. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "Armenia’s “Tree of Life” Tradition Took Root Thousands of Years Ago, and Has Only Grown Since," 12 July 2018 Herbs are both hearty and bountiful and require very little maintenance. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 Tommy, alongside his then-wife, Marilyn Kelley, raised four strong daughters in their Enfield home, where their summer garden was bountiful, Clancy lay snoozing beneath the oak, and lilacs surrounded the back stoop., "Orrin W. Thompson," 7 July 2018 Old Warsaw Buffet, with its handmade paczkis and bountiful buffets, a mainstay in the Harwood Heights-Norridge area for nearly half a century, will be closing at the end of the month. Pioneer Press,, "'This is not easy for me': Old Warsaw to close in Harwood Heights as PDQ restaurant aims to move in," 7 July 2018 Nature as a bountiful resource for commercial exploitation is the painting’s subject, underscored by a mountain that belongs to both nature and civilization and by a tree branch artfully composed by a stylish painter. Christopher Knight,, "Grafton Tyler Brown's California scenes at Pasadena museum's final show," 30 June 2018 The tuna tartare was bountiful and fresh, its creamy layer of avocado warmed by the spice of roasted Italian long hots. Craig Laban,, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of bountiful


1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bountiful


see bounty

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English Language Learners Definition of bountiful

: giving or providing many desired things

: given or existing in large amounts


boun·​ti·​ful | \ˈbau̇n-ti-fəl \

Kids Definition of bountiful

1 : giving freely or generously this bountiful land

2 : plentiful sense 1 … those creatures that do dwell here exist in bountiful numbers.— Jean Craighead George, Julie of the Wolves

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