ample

adjective
am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ample (audio) \; amplest\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)ləst How to pronounce ample (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 ample (audio) \ noun
amply \ ˈam-​plē How to pronounce ample (audio) \ adverb

Choose the Right Synonym for ample

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 With a dozen nations aiming for bigger roles in space, ample room exists to rethink international cooperation. Buzz Aldrin, WSJ, 17 Oct. 2021 The Oregon Dunes has since become a playground for riders of off-highway vehicles, like ATVs, dune buggies and dirt bikes, with ample room to explore. oregonlive, 13 Oct. 2021 The full-scale restaurant gives Voss’ team ample room to flex their muscles beyond just sandwiches, and diners will no doubt appreciate the menu, which is streamlined without feeling basic. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 7 Oct. 2021 In the posh town of Brookline, a 12,112-square foot estate sits on a five-acre lot – ample room to display seven Super Bowl rings, five Super Bowl MVP trophies and a trunkful of other awards. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, 1 Oct. 2021 The facility’s cavernous size allowed for ample room for each musician to stretch out, literally, during the height of the pandemic. Washington Post, 1 Oct. 2021 Plus, the maximum capacity for the cruise line's ships is 500 people, so there's ample room for you and a guest or two. Mary Elizabeth Andriotis, House Beautiful, 24 Sep. 2021 Across the countries, properties with ample room and flexible space have been in high demand since the onset of the pandemic. Neal Leitereg, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 An early start from Nafplio will put you at Mycenae in 30 minutes, with ample time to explore the ruins of the ancient wonder before the tour bus crowds from Athens descend. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 6 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ample. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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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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