[ am-puhl ]
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adjective,am·pler, am·plest.
  1. fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: an ample supply of water;ample time to finish.

  2. of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious: an ample reward.

  1. of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount;large; spacious; roomy: ample storage space.

Origin of ample

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin amplus “wide, large”

synonym study For ample

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 people who needed it. 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.

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Opposites for ample

Other words from ample

  • am·ple·ness, noun

Words Nearby ample Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ample in a sentence

  • His idea was that there would be ample time later to order a concentration on either wing or on the centre.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • Arrived at the dépôt, I discharged my porter, sat down and waited for the place to open, with ample leisure for reflection.

    Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
  • Large divans of the richest crimson and violet brocades lined the walls, while ample curtains of the same served in lieu of doors.

  • ample tolerance of all religions and sects, but abolition and expulsion of all monastic Orders.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • When the owner can afford it, an ample supply of cushions and shawls makes the clumsy vehicle more comfortable for its occupant.

    Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike

British Dictionary definitions for ample


/ (ˈæmpəl) /

  1. more than sufficient; abundant: an ample helping

  2. large in size, extent, or amount: of ample proportions

Origin of ample

C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious

Derived forms of ample

  • ampleness, noun

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