Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occurring in or marked by abundance; plentiful. See Synonyms at plentiful.
  • adj. Abounding with; rich: a region abundant in wildlife.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fully sufficient; plentiful; in copious supply; -- followed by in, rarely by with.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Plentiful; present in great quantity; fully sufficient: as, an abundant supply.
  • Possessing in great quantity; copiously supplied; having great plenty; abounding: followed by in.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. present in great quantity

Etymologies

Middle English aboundant, from Old French abondant, from Latin abundāns, abundant-, present participle of abundāre, to overflow; see abound.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And heaven forbid we should think of our own interests in abundant supply instead of coddling the precious young lawyers!

    Matthew Yglesias » Too Many Lawyers, But Also Too Many Cartels

  • California, a multicultural society living in abundant sunshine and natural beauty, a paradise somehow wanting to be improved by Yankee ingenuity and the American work ethic.

    Richard Henry Dana

  • There is great pride in abundant, draping hanging baskets.

    Liz O'Connell: Proviso: Always on Track

  • The effects of this sort of fear are to be found in abundant evidence all around us: It surrounds us in all media, at our local supermarkets, and in this country's vast dependency on drugs (both illicit and legal).

    Judith Acosta, LISW, CHT: The Next Osama Syndrome: America, the Fearful

  • A lot of kids or people new to the sport of fishing get discouraged easily when they don't catch anything, catfish are easy to catch, and in abundant numbers, so your odds are pretty good when it comes to catching them.

    Immune to Big Cat Fever

  • We also went off to this property where various pieces of rusting metal, old chairs, metal drums, tanks, motors, etc. were ensnared in abundant blackberry bushes.

    Galiano Island « Colleen Anderson

  • Red jasper cored from layers 3.46 billion years old suggests that not only did the oceans contain abundant oxygen then, but that the atmosphere was as oxygen rich as it is today, according to geologists.

    An Ancient Time Frame

  • Anderson believes that the natural price of things that are abundant is zero, and information can be copied ad infinitum for so little that it becomes essentially free.

    What’s in your Kindle?

  • I even find myself resorting to the bulleted list, so abundant is the quality on offer.

    September « 2008 « The Manga Curmudgeon

  • It's amusing, but it's a little short on heart and seasonal sentiment, both of which you'll find in abundant supply in the justifiably beloved Grinch.

    Critic's Corner Monday

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