ample

adjective
am·ple | \ˈam-pəl \
ampler\-p(ə-)lər \; amplest\-p(ə-)ləst \

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 \ noun
amply \-plē \ 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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Madre keeps a base of a la carte signature tacos that anchor the menu, while the rest of the lineup stays in dynamic flux, giving the kitchen staff ample room to take whimsical liberties with the almighty taco. James Patrick Kelly, idahostatesman, "Boise’s trendy new taquerias redefine the taco – and diners get to taste the difference," 27 June 2018 Once North County Health Services’ new Ramona clinic opens, there should be ample room to expand from eight to 11 examination rooms and from two to four behavioral health rooms. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Clinic prepares for move to larger quarters," 19 June 2018 The wet conditions offered mosquitoes ample opportunity to breed in stagnant pools of water. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoland mosquito fighters struggle to keep up with this summer's surge of blood suckers," 11 July 2018 Senators will be seeking access to Kavanaugh’s writings and correspondence, reams of documents that will take weeks to compile and even longer to review, giving opponents ample opportunity to wage a political battle. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Emotions high as Kavanaugh begins fight for confirmation," 10 July 2018 Although there are no trails into Forni Meadows, 4 1/2 miles of service roads closed to public vehicle access provide ample hiking opportunity. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Rare mammals, hiking and more: Forest Service adds 835 acres to Eldorado National Forest," 9 July 2018 Yet somehow, someway, against fairly daunting odds, the singer’s show felt not like a pity party, but like a party party, one that featured ample opportunities to sing along, clap along, dance along, and smile along. Théoden Janes, charlotteobserver, "Review: Did Sam Smith and his sad songs find a way to send Charlotte fans home happy?," 7 July 2018 Wheeler, who may be acting administrator past the November midterm elections and whom Trump may nominate for the top job, will have ample opportunity to continue Pruitt’s agenda come Monday. Emily Atkin, The New Republic, "Scott Pruitt Is Gone. His Assault on the Environment Continues.," 5 July 2018 Since July 4th is the traditional start of the summer party season on Martha’s Vineyard, there will be ample opportunities for the two sides to see each other. Mark Shanahan, BostonGlobe.com, "The Martha’s Vineyard crowd strikes back at Alan Dershowitz," 4 July 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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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 \
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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