ample

adjective
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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Multiple rounds of agriculture—including growing corn or crops to feed livestock and subsequently raising these animals—are necessary, and cattle, particularly methane-making cows, release ample amounts of gas. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Choose Chicken Over Beef to Dramatically Cut Carbon Footprint, Study Shows," 11 June 2019 More Stories But Schreck, as her adult self, has developed deep reservations about how the supreme laws of the land were engineered, with ample protections for landowning white men, but little regard for anyone else. Naureen Khan, The Atlantic, "The Tony-Nominated Play That Savages the U.S. Constitution," 8 June 2019 There are ample data points demonstrating that people with low empathy, even psychopaths, can turn on their care when properly motivated to do so. K.n.c., The Economist, "How to increase empathy and unite society," 7 June 2019 Southern Minnesota’s ample waterways provide them plenty of breeding ground. Zekriah Chaudhry, Twin Cities, "The *%$! mosquitoes are coming … but the #&@! gnats are already here," 7 June 2019 The demure nature of the moment was played up by an ample, doe-eye imparting application of mascara, as well as a touch of metallic shadow and a glossy nude lip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Sophie Turner Serves Up a Striking Day-to-Night Beauty Transformation for the X-Men: Dark Phoenix Premiere," 28 May 2019 The window in the front of the structure was designed to let in ample light, and the concrete floors absorb the heat from the sun for the ultimate doggy snooze spot. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Chic Dog House Was Inspired By Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs," 22 May 2019 Sprint is sitting on loads of mid-band spectrum that boosts wireless speeds while T-Mobile boasts ample low-band spectrum that... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Blessing the T-Mobile-Sprint Merger," 20 May 2019 The once ample spending programs that underpinned the group’s support among Lebanon’s historically impoverished Shiite community have been slashed, including the supply of free medicines and even groceries to fighters, employees and their families. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 2019

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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 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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