am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ampler (audio) \; amplest\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce amplest (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 ampleness (audio) \ noun
amply \ ˈam-​plē How to pronounce amply (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 The species does well in conditions of ample precipitation and strong growth of grasses and other vegetation. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Rabbit pursuit a return to hunting roots," 15 Feb. 2020 Some members speak English and there is an ample mount of English in your songs, but linguistic differences always affect things, so was it at all difficult? Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Stray Kids Aim to Reach A Global Audience with Relatable Take on K-pop: 'Stray is Okay'," 14 Feb. 2020 The result is a chewy rib with ample crispness and a smoky, subtly spicy bite from the rub. Mark Kurlyandchik,, "Leila is the 2020 Detroit Free Press Restaurant of the Year," 14 Feb. 2020 In an industry that has the reputation for showing ample amounts of flesh and long, luscious locks to sell an image, her look certainly didn’t fit the bill. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "Halima Aden on Navigating the Fashion Industry on Her Own Terms," 13 Feb. 2020 The bench press area has ample fan seating (no photography or recording is allowed). Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "NFL Combine 2020: Prospective NFL players converge at Lucas Oil Stadium," 11 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, there will be lots of pressure on young outfielder Alex Verdugo, who comes to the Hub with a small major league sample and ample baggage. Dan Shaughnessy,, "Mookie Betts trade is an awkward start to spring training and to Chaim Bloom’s tenure," 11 Feb. 2020 Commissioner Tommy Calvert asked that the committee have an ample marketing budget for billboards and other promotions, and be sensitive to apprehensions some people may have about privacy. Scott Huddleston,, "Bexar County Commissioners Court approves options for tackling San Antonio opioid crisis," 11 Feb. 2020 For most studios, an awards season budget of $15 million is considered an ample war chest for a best-picture contender. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, "Oscars 2020: Netflix wins just two awards as ‘Parasite’ boosts Neon," 9 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of ample was in the 15th century

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Ample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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