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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The New Orleans Pelicans have a dunk artist primed for ample highlight reels. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "The best dunk you'll see this year just happened in NBA summer league, and it wasn't Zion," 9 July 2019 This knowledge allows savvy restaurateurs to play their dining rooms almost like composers, speeding up the tempo during the busy rushes to turn tables and slowing it down when empty seats are ample. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Restaurants have grown irritatingly loud. What has that done to our taste?," 7 July 2019 There's ample open space outdoors, a setup that has helped make Haint Blue a popular stop for people with young children., "Coastal beer boom: New breweries opening soon in Mobile," 7 July 2019 The company name, which can mean ample in Spanish, aims to suggest plenty of jobs and job candidates from the refugee community. Dallas News, "You’re hired! Refugees, who work here legally, can help dent Dallas-Fort Worth’s labor shortage," 7 July 2019 As for athleticism, well, Coco got ample helpings from family there, too. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Coco Gauff’s magic carpet ride at Wimbledon brings her Delray family along | Commentary," 6 July 2019 There are ample chaises and sectionals for lounging, stadium-style seating for swim competition crowds and a poolside steam room. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mission Beach Plunge pool reopens after 5 years and $12M in fixes," 3 July 2019 Colorado’s Front Range already provides bears with ample habitat and food sources. Fox News, "Colorado resident kills mama bear trying to enter home; 2 orphaned cubs rescued, 1 missing: officials," 2 July 2019 No longer an only child with ample urban comforts, she must get used to a hardscrabble life in the Abruzzo countryside, with taciturn parents who beat their offspring and cruel brothers who torment her. The Economist, "The story of a lost girl," 29 June 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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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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