Simple Definition of ample
: having or providing enough or more than enough of what is needed
: quite large
—used to describe a person's (especially a woman's) body as being large in usually an attractive way
Full Definition of ample
Examples of ample
They had ample money for the trip.
The police found ample evidence of wrongdoing.
There is ample parking at the stadium.
You will have ample opportunity to finish the test.
The light in the room is more than ample.
There was room for an ample garden.
an ample serving of pie
Origin of ample
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin amplus
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of ample
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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