[ am-puhl ]
/ ˈæm pəl /

adjective, am·pler, am·plest.

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.

Nearby words

  1. amphotericin,
  2. amphotericin b,
  3. amphoterism,
  4. amphotropic virus,
  5. ampicillin,
  6. amplexicaul,
  7. amplexifoliate,
  8. amplexus,
  9. ampliate,
  10. ampliation

Origin of ample

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French < Latin amplus wide, large

Related formsam·ple·ness, noun

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for ampleness


/ (ˈæmpəl) /


more than sufficient; abundantan ample helping
large in size, extent, or amountof ample proportions
Derived Formsampleness, noun

Word Origin for ample

C15: from Old French, from Latin amplus spacious

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Word Origin and History for ampleness



mid-15c., from Middle French ample, from Latin amplus "large, spacious," related to ampla "handle, grip."

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