ample

adjective
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

Other Words from ample

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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 See More
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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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“Ample.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ample. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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ample

adjective
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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