Definition of abundance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈbʌndəns//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈbʌndəns//
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  • [singular, uncountable] abundance (of something) (formal) a large quantity that is more than enough
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin abundantia, from abundant- ‘overflowing’, from the verb abundare ‘overflow’, from ab- ‘from’ + undare ‘surge’ (from unda ‘a wave’).Extra examples Exotic plants grew there in great abundance. The brochure promised beautiful walks with an abundance of wildlife. The country has an abundance of natural resources. We were amazed by the sheer abundance of food.Idioms in large quantities Fruit and vegetables grew in abundance on the island.
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