ample

adjective
am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ampler (audio) \; amplest\ ˈam-​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 \ ˈam-​pəl-​nəs How to pronounce ampleness (audio) \ noun
amply \ ˈam-​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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Ten Democrats are appearing at a town hall hosted by CNN on Wednesday, a six-hour event which provides candidates with ample opportunity to explain their climate plans. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Where the 2020 candidates stand on climate change," 4 Sep. 2019 The public will have ample opportunity to speak at Wednesday’s meeting, Haygood pledged. al, "Crucial vote Wednesday on I-10 plan," 27 Aug. 2019 This last weekend of summer, before many students head back to the classroom, will provide ample opportunity to spend time outdoors. courant.com, "Comfortable weekend ahead," 23 Aug. 2019 And if the starters don’t play in the preseason at all because joint practices take the place of games, those backups would receive ample opportunity to showcase their skills. Mike Jones, USA TODAY, "Opinion: As coaches choose safety over game reps, it's time for NFL to cut preseason slate," 22 Aug. 2019 The authorities assented, and Epstein apparently killed himself, a punctuation mark on the futility and incompetence of a government that had ample opportunity to bring him to justice and failed every single time. Rich Lowry, National Review, "Mistakes Were Made — Always in Jeffrey Epstein’s Favor," 13 Aug. 2019 Although the official public comment period ends this week, state officials say ample opportunity remains to revise the curriculum. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "Ethnic studies may soon be mandatory. Can California get it right?," 13 Aug. 2019 If Tyler can show skills beyond shooting (ballhandling, playmaking, defense) then there should be ample opportunity to continue to grow as a scoring threat. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, "ASK IRA: Is One Last Dance 2.0 on the way?," 10 Aug. 2019 The two quarterbacks will get ample opportunities to prove themselves this preseason. Tyler Dragon, Cincinnati.com, "What to watch for when Bengals open preseason in Kansas City," 9 Aug. 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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