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 Instead of focusing on earnings and GDP, Cembalest has been devoting ample space in his research reports to guiding nervous clients through the weeds of Constitutional and election law. Matt Egan, CNN, "Democracy is under attack. And Wall Street is sounding the alarm," 5 Jan. 2021 These inequalities persist today, with some neighborhoods having access to clean water, ample green space with playgrounds, and functioning sewers, while others don’t. Yvette Cabrera, Wired, "What a Victorian Disease Detective Proved About Urban Health," 2 Jan. 2021 Move-in ready Cane Island homes offer open-concept floor plans with an island kitchen and ample space for entertaining, home office space, owner’s suite, game room, media room, secondary bedrooms and outdoor entertaining space. Chron, "Cane Island builders to ring in new year with special offers," 26 Dec. 2020 My new place had ample wall space and high ceilings, plenty of room for some of those unseen works to be seen. Los Angeles Times, "How learning to curate my art at home helped me unpack my grief," 24 Dec. 2020 Dallas will have ample salary cap space in 2021 and always has its eye on trade options. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Championship pieces: How the Mavs ‘Luka-fied’ their roster to get the most out of Dallas’ top star," 23 Dec. 2020 The city said those lower numbers offer a preview of a main jail that would have ample space to house inmates with mental and medical health problems. Matt Sledge,, "Why a judge said city officials should be forced to continue New Orleans jail expansion," 7 Dec. 2020 My 23-quart Presto pressure canner can accommodate 7-quart jars, as ample space between jars is necessary inside for heat and pressure to work its magic. Jack Hennessy, Outdoor Life, "How to Preserve Your Wild Game When the Power Goes Out," 3 Dec. 2020 These centers, which are currently under construction, will be stood up in places like conference centers and race tracks—anywhere with ample space will do. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "How will the UK distribute the first Covid-19 vaccines?," 2 Dec. 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, "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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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