ample

adjective
am·​ple | \ˈam-pəl \
ampler\-​p(ə-​)lər \; amplest\-​p(ə-​)ləst \

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 \-​pəl-​nəs \ noun
amply \-​plē \ 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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Most important, the K380’s rounded, mildly concave keys are fast and comfortable, with ample but not too much space between them. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 Or is production just investing in ample amounts of Fenty's full coverage foundation? refinery29.com, "How Will Ben Affleck's Tattoo Be Written Into This Joan Didion-Inspired Netflix Movie?," 10 July 2018 Dining rooms, offices and other small spaces that lack ample natural light would all appreciate a little light fixture amplification. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "It’s Time to Talk About Joanna Gaines’ Brilliant Lighting Trick," 10 July 2018 The use of American military and economic might to protect corporate interests has ample precedence of course. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "The Trump administration takes a bold stance against mother’s milk.," 9 July 2018 This year’s weather throughout the West eerily resembles last year’s: After years of drought that left behind ample dry vegetation, California saw intense rainfall last year and then a cool, wet winter in early 2017. Umair Irfan, Vox, "California’s wildfires are hardly “natural” — humans made them worse at every step," 12 Nov. 2018 Culberson has been the chair of the subcommittee in the House that decides appropriations for NASA, and he’s used that role to provide ample funding for the space agency. Verge Staff, The Verge, "What the new Congress means for space, self-driving cars, and regulating Facebook," 7 Nov. 2018 Prospect takes on a distinct Western vibe from here, becoming an adventure tale filled with colorful characters, otherworldly dialects, and ample close encounters. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Sci-fi stunner Prospect values small stories in a galaxy far, far away," 2 Nov. 2018 Just ask Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex who took her lit-from-within skin to the next level yesterday with an ample swirl of roseate blush applied to transform her pregnancy glow into a full-on display of effulgence. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Plays Up Her Pregnancy Glow With This Easy Makeup Trick," 30 Oct. 2018

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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, from Anglo-French, from Latin amplus ample

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ample

adjective

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

ample

adjective
am·​ple | \ˈam-pəl \
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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