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 plentifully (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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Such losses were plentiful for Ocasio-Cortez this week. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez," 8 Aug. 2018 The entire event isn’t just for show: Per local Hindu beliefs, kite-flying is a way to speak to the gods, and this festival is intended to ensure the crop is plentiful for the year. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 The goals in the second half, though, were not nearly as plentiful for Westminster, and its offense suffered to find a rhythm after Ruby was helped off the field with 19:53 left in regulation. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Westminster girls lacrosse downs Mt. Hebron, 9-5, to win first-ever state championship," 25 May 2018 The awards and accolades were plentiful for the Class 9A state runner-up Wellington High School boys varsity basketball team. Mike May,, "Wellington HS honors its state finalist varsity basketball team," 5 May 2018 You're greeted at Majord-omo, which sits all but alone in an industrial neighborhood on the northern edge of Chinatown, by a brigade of hosts as plentiful and polite as von Trapp children. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 To some extent, this is a matter of money—never plentiful for publishers. David Ulin, Los Angeles Magazine, "How Small, Scrappy Local Book Presses Have Turned L.A. Into a Publishing Town," 16 Apr. 2018 Acorns are an important food for the woodpeckers, providing food during the winter months when insects are not as plentiful. Ernie Cowan Outdoors,, "One of nature’s hoarders," 7 Apr. 2018 And the unsung heroes were just as plentiful on defense. Jeff Duncan,, "Unsung heroes help Saints bust out the brooms vs. Panthers, advance," 7 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of plentiful

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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