am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ample (audio) \; amplest\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce ample (audio) \

Definition of ample

1 : generous or more than adequate in size, scope, or capacity There was room for an ample garden.
2 : generously sufficient to satisfy a requirement or need They had ample money for the trip.
3 : buxom, portly an ample figure

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Other Words from ample

ampleness \ ˈam-​pəl-​nəs How to pronounce ample (audio) \ noun
amply \ ˈam-​plē How to pronounce ample (audio) \ adverb

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spacious, commodious, capacious, ample mean larger in extent or capacity than the average. spacious implies great length and breadth. a spacious front lawn commodious stresses roominess and comfortableness. a commodious and airy penthouse apartment capacious stresses the ability to hold, contain, or retain more than the average. a capacious suitcase ample implies having a greater size, expanse, or amount than that deemed adequate. ample closet space

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

Examples of ample in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web And the legislation under consideration in the Texas Legislature would give voters ample time to get to the polls within that period — mandating that polls stay open for early voting 12 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sarah Westwood, Washington Examiner, "How Georgia's new voting law compares to other states," 9 Apr. 2021 Voting ran for nearly two months until March 29, giving workers ample time to consider their choice. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Amazon Workers Reject a Union," 9 Apr. 2021 To take the turn safely, thousands of vehicles slow around the bend – often to a crawl - giving ample time for drivers to read those six words. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Goldhorn Brewery renaming part of I-90, crafting actual accordion glasses in unique promotions," 1 Apr. 2021 The man leading the prosecution of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis cop charged with murder in the death of George Floyd, has ample experience with high-stakes cases. Paul Best, Fox News, "Who is Matthew Frank? What to know about Derek Chauvin trial prosecutor," 29 Mar. 2021 The Tigers return a steady veteran kicker in Anders Carlson, two capable punters with different styles, their top-two kick returners and a long snapper with ample SEC experience. Tom Green |, al, "Auburn’s special teams faces 1 key question this spring," 12 Mar. 2021 Jones has ample experience with daytime, weekend and special events programming. Brian Stelter, CNN, "The end of the Trump era has the cable news wars heating up," 8 Dec. 2020 After all, for such a grueling physical occupation as football, bodies could sure use ample recovery time rather than the additional injury risks that show up as the intensity of workouts progress during OTAs. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "NFL offseason schedule – OTAs and minicamps – on agenda for next week's virtual owners meetings," 27 Mar. 2021 But, with ample time to kill, the girls have been interrupting her beauty sleep to play coiffeur. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Markets climb on a V-for-vaccine-led recovery," 26 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of ample

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ample

Middle English, "abundant," borrowed from Anglo-French, "wide, extensive, great," going back to Latin amplus "more than adequate in size or extent, great, having wide scope (of the mind or other abstract entities)," of uncertain origin

Note: M. de Vaan (Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the Other Italic Languages, Brill, 2008) sees amplus going back to *am-lo-, a derivative of a verb base *am- going back to Indo-European *h2emh3- "take hold of" (see amateur). Semantically this hypothesis works well, though it requires that the more likely form *am-a-lo- would have undergone early syncope. The word ampla, supposedly meaning "handle," would be corroboration; however, attestations for ampla are post-classical, excepting an apparent metaphorical employment in the sense "opportunity" by Cicero.

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English Language Learners 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


am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler; amplest

Kids Definition of ample

: enough or more than enough of what is needed ample time

Other Words from ample

amply \ -​plē \ adverb amply supplied

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