plen·​ti·​ful | \ ˈplen-ti-fəl How to pronounce plentiful (audio) \

Definition of plentiful

1 : containing or yielding plenty a plentiful land
2 : characterized by, constituting, or existing in plenty

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Other Words from plentiful

plentifully \ ˈplen-​ti-​fə-​lē How to pronounce plentiful (audio) \ adverb
plentifulness noun

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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

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Gasoline won't always be cheap and plentiful. Space is plentiful enough for several homes. Natural gas is a plentiful resource. These vegetables are a plentiful source of vitamins.
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Recent Examples on the Web But despite caterpillar cakes being as plentiful as their legs, something triggered Marks & Spencer into legal action this week. Kate Hardcastle, Forbes, "The Great British Cake-Off: Marks & Spencer Takes On Aldi Over Caterpillar-Shaped Cake," 21 Apr. 2021 Made by most American glass factories, patterns were quite plentiful -- along with the inexpensive price tag. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Looking behind Depression glass: Yenke Peddler antiques," 8 Apr. 2021 Texas connections were not exactly plentiful during Monday’s Oscar nominations, but there was one big one. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "Dallas designer sees team get Oscar nod for ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’," 17 Mar. 2021 The ghost particles are so plentiful that trillions of them pass through the human body every second. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Russian Scientists Sink Giant Deepwater Neutrino Telescope Into World’s Largest Freshwater Lake," 17 Mar. 2021 If the awards were as plentiful as the displays of décolletage, the night would have moved much faster. Globe Staff,, "An energetic Grammys, with nods to the real world," 14 Mar. 2021 Abdul Sisai, a fisherman who sold his catch at the Tanji market, north of Gunjur, said that two decades ago bonga were so plentiful that they were sometimes given away for free. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 At Kentucky top-shelf talent is usually so plentiful that an off season might produce a few first-round NBA draft picks. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs' Keldon Johnson is the NBA lottery pick that wasn't," 19 Feb. 2021 The potential that supply of the antibody therapies could be kept off the market could add to questions about how plentiful such drugs will be as the pandemic continues to worsen. Anna Edney,, "FDA Puts Conditions on Lilly Covid Drug After Factory Issues," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Plentiful.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of plentiful

: present in large amounts
: containing or giving large amounts of something


plen·​ti·​ful | \ ˈplen-ti-fəl How to pronounce plentiful (audio) \

Kids Definition of plentiful

1 : present in large numbers or amount : abundant plentiful rain
2 : giving or containing a large number or amount Vegetables are a plentiful source of vitamins.

Other Words from plentiful

plentifully \ -​fə-​lē \ adverb

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