ample

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adjective am·ple \ ˈam-pəl \

Definition of ample

ampler play \-p(ə-)lər\; amplest play \-p(ə-)ləst\
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

ampleness

play \-pəl-nəs\ noun

amply

play \-plē\ adverb

Examples of ample in a Sentence

  1. They had ample money for the trip.

  2. The police found ample evidence of wrongdoing.

  3. There is ample parking at the stadium.

  4. You will have ample opportunity to finish the test.

  5. The light in the room is more than ample.

  6. There was room for an ample garden.

  7. an ample serving of pie

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Origin and Etymology of ample

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin amplus ample

Synonym Discussion of ample

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

AMPLE Defined for English Language Learners

ample

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adjective

Definition of ample for English Language Learners

  • : 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


AMPLE Defined for Kids

ample

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adjective am·ple \ ˈam-pəl \

Definition of ample for Students

ampler; amplest
:enough or more than enough of what is needed
  • ample time

amply

\-plē\ adverb
  • amply supplied


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