boun·​ti·​ful | \ ˈbau̇n-ti-fəl How to pronounce bountiful (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for bountiful

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

Adjective a bountiful supply of water a bountiful supply of apples for the harvest festival
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These Anderson Varejao minutes were bountiful for the Cavs. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "NBA Finals 2016 Game 7 rewatch: Live observations and analysis," 1 Apr. 2020 Your bountiful showy blossoms, your vibrant green foliage, your dependable growing habits, your ability to boost curb appeal throughout the year. Southern Living, "'Annabelle' Is the Showiest Hydrangea of All," 2 May 2020 Despite both being wealthy European nations with bountiful health-care resources, Sweden is currently experiencing three times as many deaths per capita as Germany, according to Our World in Data, while Germany is planning its reopening. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 1 May 2020 Colombia’s biggest rebel movement signed a peace agreement in 2016 to end over five decades of conflict, but remnant armed groups are still wreaking havoc in parts of the country with bountiful drug crops and little state presence. Washington Post, "Town on edge in Colombia after 5 killed, 2 vehicles burned," 18 Jan. 2020 The photos also chronicle the work done in the garden throughout the year and the bountiful harvest and enjoyment of nature’s beauty. Sally Peterson, oregonlive, "Book review: ‘A Year at Brandywine Cottage’ reveals a beloved garden over the seasons," 15 Apr. 2020 Nonetheless, British traders who had explored the region had high hopes of harvesting its bountiful furs for shipment across the Pacific to sell in China. David A. Bell, The New York Review of Books, "Did Britain Win the American Revolution?," 8 Apr. 2020 From the well known, like Emma and Pride & Prejudice, to the lesser known, like Mansfield Park, Sanditon, and Northanger Abbey, Austen novels have provided the world of cinema with bountiful opportunities for adaptation. Southern Living, "15 Jane Austen Adaptations You Can Stream Online," 7 Apr. 2020 During those bountiful times, hundreds of neotropical bird species rest and refuel in urban green spaces on their way to and from countries south of the US. Popular Science, "How to start birding in any US city," 18 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of bountiful was in 1508

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Cite this Entry

“Bountiful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce bountiful (audio) \

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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