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[am-puh l] /ˈæm pəl/
adjective, ampler, amplest.
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
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large
Related forms
ampleness, noun
2. generous, free, abounding, lavish, plenteous, overflowing. 3. extensive, vast, great, capacious.
2. scanty, meager.
Synonym Study
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for amplest
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • Her rank and title were to be secured to her in amplest measure.

  • 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
  • It was the amplest compensation that he could imagine for the mistakes and disappointments of his wasted past.

  • One is, to give the writer the amplest motive to do his best; and the other is, to prevent his writing too much.

    Captains of Industry James Parton
  • His dome of brain was one of the amplest and most perfectly shaped I ever saw, and his countenance was very far from unpleasant.

    Yesterdays with Authors James T. Fields
  • In this post his extraordinary gifts found their amplest sphere.

    Studies in Contemporary Biography

    James Bryce, Viscount Bryce
  • As to his religious nature, it seems to me to have certainly been of the amplest, deepest-rooted, loftiest kind.

    Complete Prose Works Walt Whitman
British Dictionary definitions for amplest


more than sufficient; abundant: an ample helping
large in size, extent, or amount: of ample proportions
Derived Forms
ampleness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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