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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This city has ample reason to believe in this team and to dream about those oh-so-realistic Super Bowl XLIV possibilities. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "How can the Bears meet Super Bowl expectations and avoid taking a step back?," 23 July 2019 Below, the family level includes a luxurious master suite with another private balcony, dressing rooms, ample closet space, two more bedrooms, and even a wet bar. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Three-Level Penthouse Designed By Zaha Hadid Is On The Market in New York City," 18 July 2019 Given the administration’s attempt to disregard administrative law in the attempt to add the census question, however, there is ample reason to be fearful that these protections may not be enough. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "Advocates Want Everyone Counted, No Matter the Fate of the Citizenship Question," 27 June 2019 And there’s ample reason to at least be skeptical, of course, beginning with the president’s 40-ish approval rating and mid-50s disapproval rating in the Centennial State. Nic Garcia, The Denver Post, "The Spot: Behind the scenes at a Colorado GOP training session with Trump supporters," 20 June 2019 There’s ample reason for Koepka to carry himself this way on the game’s biggest stages. Ron Kroichick, SFChronicle.com, "Brooks Koepka lurks in U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, eyeing slice of history," 15 June 2019 The 500 winner boasts ample reason to be confident. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar wraps up grueling stretch with second half of Texas two-step," 5 June 2019 While some of the reactions may be strategic posturing, there is also ample reason for any aspiring chief of staff to give pause to the notion of taking the job. Zeke Miller, The Seattle Times, "‘Many’ candidates vying for chief of staff job, Trump says," 11 Dec. 2018 Some argue that Moon has ample reason to continue engagement and maintain peace and stability because North Korea's nuclear weapons are just one of the many security concerns facing South Korea. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "Unfinished business: Moon's summit dreams echo late mentor," 18 Sep. 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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