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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Emirates A380s would feature extravagant amenities such as showers and ample champagne. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Airbus to Stop Production of the Colossal A380 as Airlines Transition to Smaller Planes," 14 Feb. 2019 And a local favorite is Lucha Loco, which offers family style Mexican cuisine and ample patio seating. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "A Guide to Duxton Hill, Singapore’s Most Charming Day-to-Night Neighborhood," 29 Jan. 2019 Lofts are open, airy, and spacious by their very nature, but this rentable two-bedroom apartment-meets-showroom in Copenhagen manages to bring the two concepts together with ample style. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Rent this cozy loft that doubles as a furniture showroom," 27 Dec. 2018 The wider, deeper bowls tapering up to a slightly more narrow rim provide ample room for the champagne's aromas to unfurl while also directing them up into the nose instead of dissipating them out in to the air. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Brut Champagne," 21 Dec. 2018 The Seats The interior aisles of the train cars measure an impressive 32 inches (vs. an airplane’s 20), granting ample space for all boarding travelers, including those in wheelchairs or with strollers. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Riding the Brightline, America’s Train of the Future," 25 Sep. 2018 But where constructing a story like this on television allows for ample space to play out the ebb and flow of those emotions, doing so on film is really, really tough. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Life Itself is a disaster of a movie, caught in a web of its own privilege," 21 Sep. 2018 The operating rooms are big — 300 square feet each, with ample empty space surrounding the operating table, anesthesiology equipment, various light and power sources and diagnostic equipment, and flat-screen monitors. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Cleveland Clinic readies new $53 million Coral Springs Family Health Center," 13 July 2018 Several teams project to have ample cap space next summer, so the market to land one will be more competitive. K.c. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Rising salary cap makes Zach LaVine deal more palatable for Bulls than it appears," 7 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 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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