am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ -​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ampler (audio) \; amplest\ -​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 \ -​pəl-​nəs How to pronounce ampleness (audio) \ noun
amply \ -​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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Give the brick ample time to dry, then go ahead and patch up and missing mortar or cracks if necessary. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Painting Brick," 9 May 2019 The soiree fundraiser offered an ample display of Haitian handiwork in the form of colorful wall art, religious jewelry, and decorative metalwork and masks. Jan Lugenbuhl,, "Mary, Queen of Peace celebrates "twin" parish with a Night in Haiti," 11 Apr. 2018 When a young hero sets out on a journey, the reader settles in for a story of the ample, meandering kind. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Parisian’ Review: A Franco-Palestinian Education," 12 Apr. 2019 Each home at Rainier View Homes features a contemporary, open floor plan with a loft or office and ample storage. Rainier View Homes, The Seattle Times, "Cottage community open April 13-14 in South Seattle," 11 Apr. 2019 Complex cellular lifeforms would have had ample time to evolve in this scenario, demystifying their existence in fossils dating back 3.5 billion years. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Life on Earth May Have Been Born From a Maelstrom of Molten Iron," 15 Jan. 2019 With ample food, and moderate weather, birds will sometimes produce three broods throughout the spring, Jackson said. Barbara Boyer,, "As bluebirds flock to South Jersey, groups work to make their locations feel like home," 5 Feb. 2018 There was a McDonald’s (not seedy), a California Pizza Kitchen, and a small but ample food court owned by one of the city’s most famous restaurant groups. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "A Former Urban Mall Rat Shops The New Hudson Yards," 19 Mar. 2019 Unfortunately committee Democrats have refused to joins us in this effort, however, to provide ample transparence. Fox News, "Politics of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation fight," 18 Sep. 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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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