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[ am-puhl ]


, am·pler, am·plest.
  1. fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough: ample time to finish.

    an ample supply of water;

    ample time to finish.

  2. of sufficient or abundant measure; liberal; copious:

    an ample reward.

    Synonyms: plenteous, lavish, free, generous

    Antonyms: meager, scanty

  3. of adequate or more than adequate extent, size, or amount; large; spacious; roomy:

    ample storage space.

    Synonyms: vast, great, capacious, extensive


/ ˈæmpəl /


  1. more than sufficient; abundant

    an ample helping

  2. large in size, extent, or amount

    of ample proportions

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Derived Forms

  • ˈampleness, noun

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Other Words From

  • ample·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ample1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of ample1

C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious

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Synonym Study

See plentiful. 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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Example Sentences

Partisanship being a helluva drug, there are ample opportunities for both sides to spin this most recent jobs report in whatever direction benefits them most, potentially rendering any historical comparisons irrelevant.

Fires are heavily used because fuels build up so fast due to the ample moisture available for plant growth, says Hood.

In addition, policymakers in the US should work to permanently repeal the policy in light of ample evidence demonstrating its adverse impact.

This book is 396 pages long, which will give you an ample amount of material to gaze at, wonder over, and learn from.

Roughly 30 miles east of Death Valley National Park and 30 miles west of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, this 18-foot tepee at Water Rock Ranch is surrounded by ample hiking and climbing.

For anything to work, including law itself, there must be ample room for individual responsibility.

The Senate report provides ample evidence of many problems to correct.

Three years later, Washington came armed with ample alcohol—enough for a half gallon for every voter—and won with 331 votes.

Do you feel they did an ample job of portraying his troubled later years—in particular, the violence towards women?

It typically came with a desk in the building, and ample access to lawmakers.

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

Arrived at the dépôt, I discharged my porter, sat down and waited for the place to open, with ample leisure for reflection.

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.

When the owner can afford it, an ample supply of cushions and shawls makes the clumsy vehicle more comfortable for its occupant.


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More About Ample

What does ample mean?

Ample means enough—sufficient or adequate. It can also mean more than enough—plentiful or abundant.

It is often used in the context of things like time, room, space, supplies, or resources (such as food and money) to indicate that there is enough or more than enough of what is needed.

Sometimes, ample means large in size, extent, or amount, as in It was an ample tract of land. 

Ample can be used in front of a noun, as in We have ample funds to cover the purchase, or elsewhere in the sentence, as in The payment was ample. 

The adverb form of ample is amply, meaning sufficiently or abundantly, as in He gave amply to charity. 

Example: There was no one else there, so there was ample space to spread out.

Where does ample come from?

The first records of the word ample come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin amplus, meaning “large,” “wide,” or “spacious.” The words amplitude and amplify are based on the same root.

Amplitude can refer to the state of being ample, but it’s typically used in a more specific way in technical and scientific measurements. More commonly, the noun ampleness refers to the state of having enough or more than enough. Ample has many common synonyms, and it also has many antonyms (opposites) that mean “not enough,” including insufficient, inadequate, scant, scanty, and meager.

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  • ampleness (noun)
  • amply (adverb)

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How is ample used in real life?

Ample can be used to describe both tangible things, such as food and water, and intangible ones, such as space and time.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of ample

A. scanty
B. plentiful
C. bountiful
D. abundant