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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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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