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[uh-buhn-duh nt] /əˈbʌn dənt/
present in great quantity; more than adequate; oversufficient:
an abundant supply of water.
well supplied with something; abounding:
a river abundant in salmon.
richly supplied, as with resources:
an abundant land.
Origin of abundant
1325-75; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin abundant- (stem of abundāns) overflowing. See abound, -ant
Related forms
abundantly, adverb
preabundant, adjective
preabundantly, adverb
1. copious, profuse, overflowing. See plentiful. 2, 3. teeming, rich.
1–3. sparse, scarce. Unabridged
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  • The eastern part is abundant in sandstones, breccias, and shales.

    Alone with the Hairy Ainu A. H. Savage Landor
  • The ablutionary fluid is most difficult to be had in places where water is abundant.

  • The humble residence of the old philosopher was almost covered with the abundant blossoms brought by joyful children.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • About sundown he took in his decoy Hen, as Owls were abundant, and went back to his camp.

    Johnny Bear E. T. Seton
  • Cod are abundant on this ground from May to July, hake coming somewhat later.

British Dictionary definitions for abundant


existing in plentiful supply
(postpositive) foll by in. having a plentiful supply (of)
(of a chemical element or mineral) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other elements or minerals in the earth's crust or some other specified environment
(of an isotope) occurring to an extent specified in relation to other isotopes in a mixture of isotopes
Word Origin
C14: from Latin abundant-, present participle of abundāre to abound
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Word Origin and History for abundant

late 14c., from Old French abundant and directly from Latin abundantem (nominative abundans) "overflowing," present participle of abundare "to overflow" (see abound). Related: Abundantly.

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