- fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: an ample supply of water; ample time to finish.
- of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious: an ample reward.
- of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy: ample storage space.
Origin of ample
1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large
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2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.
1. See plentiful. 2. Ample, liberal, copious, profuse describe degrees of abundant provision. Ample implies a plentiful provision: to give ample praise. Liberal implies provision from a generous supply (more than ample but less than copious ): Liberal amounts of food were distributed to the needy. Copious implies an apparently inexhaustible and lavish abundance: a copious flow of tears. Profuse implies a still more unrestrained abundance of provision or flow: profuse in his apologies.
2. scanty, meager.
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Examples from the Web for amplest
As Shakespeare is the amplest of poets, so were theirs the most fruitful of courts.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
His familiarity with all these afforded him room for the amplest guilt.Makers and Romance of Alabama History
B. F. Riley
Her rank and title were to be secured to her in amplest measure.The Divorce of Catherine of Aragon
In the briefest appeal to history may be found the amplest support for these deductions from the principles of social science.
They deserve the amplest gratitude and credit for this happy interregnum, for they had no easy task to perform.Seekers after God
Frederic William Farrar
- more than sufficient; abundantan ample helping
- large in size, extent, or amountof ample proportions
C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious
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Word Origin and History for amplest
mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."
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