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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Recent Examples on the Web Other measures include unifying how quarantines and testing are done to smooth travel between E.U. countries and ensuring ample warning when national travel advisories are about to change to ensure travelers don’t get stranded. New York Times, "E.U. Members to Adopt Travel Guidelines as Coronavirus Spreads," 9 Oct. 2020 The case exposed significant cracks in Germany’s financial oversight, as authorities failed to catch accounting issues despite ample warning. Iain Rogers,, "German Lawmakers Question Scholz Role as Wirecard Inquiry Begins," 8 Oct. 2020 For the parents: The spacious library provides ample room for parents and kids to sit side-by-side for virtual schooling, which may be preferable to crowding around your dining room table at home. Kelsey Ogletree, WSJ, "Remote Schooling Is the New First-Class Hotel Perk," 8 Oct. 2020 The seniors have ample experience to help the Knights navigate a tough District 5-5A Div. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "No wins, no concerns (yet): Why you shouldn’t worry about 0-2 starts for these 3 playoff teams," 7 Oct. 2020 But the company still sells software to guide doctors and hospitals on a subject Baker has ample experience, if not always success, with: FDA regulatory compliance. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA’s own documents reveal agency’s lax, slow, and secretive oversight of clinical research," 1 Oct. 2020 Bexar County residents will be able to vote at mega-centers with ample room for social distancing during the general election., "Timeline of coronavirus in San Antonio: September," 1 Oct. 2020 Now more than ever, ample room to roam outside is a must-have. Jessica Dailey, Town & Country, "This Florida Community Is the Sunny Oasis You've Been Dreaming Of," 29 Sep. 2020 Atlas has ample experience as a policy adviser to government officials in the United States and in other countries. Huy M. Do, National Review, "Scott Atlas Brings the Highest Medical Expertise to Public Service," 14 Aug. 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 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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