ample

adjective
am·​ple | \ ˈam-pəl How to pronounce ample (audio) \
ampler\ ˈam-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce ampler (audio) \; amplest\ ˈam-​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 \ ˈam-​pəl-​nəs How to pronounce ampleness (audio) \ noun
amply \ ˈam-​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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The attack, however, came as global oil stockpiles were higher than usual, several producing countries have ample spare capacity, and American oil facilities have so far been spared from a damaging hurricane season. BostonGlobe.com, "Even as Iranian diplomats denied any role in the attack, others close to Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard were reveling in the damage at the Saudi oil facilities, which process the vast majority of the country’s crude output.," 16 Sep. 2019 The Katy Taylor football team produced ample highlight-reel material in a 65-34 victory against Deer Park, Sept. 14 at Legacy Stadium. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy notebook: Taylor makes big plays in win against Deer Park," 16 Sep. 2019 Meth and cocaine are pouring into the United States, providing ample alternatives for the already-drug-addicted population as well as newcomers. Terry Demio, USA TODAY, "Plagued with addictions: Opioid treatment not enough so he became a 'garbage can' for drugs," 15 Sep. 2019 His lack of any ample base of support, even among his fellow millennials, is a central challenge of the 37-year-old's long shot bid to rise from mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the nation's highest office. Thomas Beaumont, chicagotribune.com, "Pete Buttigieg is from a new generation of presidential candidates, but he’s yet to win over his own," 15 Sep. 2019 And because there was ample demand for the bonds, the bonds’ prices rose and thereby pushed their yields into negative territory. James F. Peltz, Los Angeles Times, "Negative interest rates are real, but don’t expect to get paid to borrow money," 13 Sep. 2019 The government allocates the equivalent of nearly $80 million dollars each quarter to the war effort, and yet Nigerian soldiers lack ample ammunition and medical care — leaving many residents to ask where all the money is going. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "Boko Haram Is Back. With Better Drones.," 13 Sep. 2019 This is a simple necessity for future generations to flourish, and there are ample people ready to devote their lives to achieving these goals. Bran Ferren, Quartz, "Geodesign is going to change the design world as we know it," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet despite its ample length, Straughn’s script doesn’t build much narrative runway for this high-stakes caper, which seems to exist simply because something interesting has to happen at the end of all this ponderousness. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Goldfinch Is Star-Studded, Pretty, and Lifeless," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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