Definition of ample in US English:


adjectiveamplest, ampler

  • 1Enough or more than enough; plentiful.

    ‘there is ample time for discussion’
    ‘an ample supply of consumer goods’
    • ‘There were ample enough seats, considering that the table could seat thirty-six people.’
    • ‘A previously used football field sized A-site next to a small lake was ample enough to house all the vehicles.’
    • ‘He has maybe up to six options on most pass plays, enough to give him ample choices against most any defense.’
    • ‘Further, maintaining an ample supply of foxes required at least a partial creation of their favoured habitat.’
    • ‘Being close to the shore not only gives the fish an ample supply of food, but also gives them plenty of cover to hide from larger predators.’
    • ‘This volume of rain should ensure penetration and saturation ample enough to provide some run-off.’
    • ‘Surrounding the sprawling bar is an ample number of tables, providing enough seating for the busiest of summer nights.’
    • ‘For building material, the abundant forest provided ample raw stock.’
    • ‘There will be ample opportunity for discussion from the floor, and the meeting may last well into the evening.’
    • ‘Packing for vacation involves leaving ample space for the stash and supplies.’
    • ‘Funnily enough, these always seem to be available in ample quantities.’
    • ‘The island of St Lucia was not yet settled by any European nation and had ample forest and rivers for fixing ships and taking on supplies.’
    • ‘Certainly it appears that there has been enough time and ample means for all plant genomes to become large.’
    • ‘A landing between the ground and first floors is ample enough to be used as a study.’
    • ‘Twenty minutes gave subjects ample time to interact but was not long enough for a loser to be determined.’
    • ‘We have ample sunshine in Australia and 10 minutes outdoors is enough to sustain vitamin D levels.’
    • ‘This is due mainly to the curving roof, which supplies ample headroom, but even legroom is OK.’
    • ‘In the midst of its first summer of operation, the pub has set up a sprawling outdoor eating area with ample seating and plenty of shade.’
    • ‘It has been argued that our Constitution provides sufficient safeguards and ample protection for human rights.’
    • ‘I am satisfied that there was ample evidence to support the finding of guilt made by the trial judge.’
    enough, sufficient, adequate, plenty of, abundant, more than enough, enough and to spare
    plentiful, abundant, copious, profuse, rich, lavish, liberal, generous, bountiful, large, huge, great, bumper, flush, overflowing, superabundant, infinite, inexhaustible, opulent, prolific, teeming
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    1. 1.1 Large and accommodating.
      ‘he leaned back in his ample chair’
      • ‘Unfortunately, there was not enough toast to support the ample slice of foie gras.’
      • ‘Boot space is not extensive but more ample than you'd expect.’
      • ‘The living room is provided with an ample couch, satellite TV, radio and CD-player, a table with chairs and two sofas that can serve as sleeping places.’
      • ‘People who have a modest home with an ample garden will be able to accommodate this breed.’
      • ‘We were sitting on an ample couch that occupied the back of the plane.’
      • ‘During my trip I stayed in a hotel two times, it's actually very nice to have the comfort of a room and bathroom to yourself and an ample bed to sleep in.’
      spacious, commodious, capacious, roomy, sizeable, substantial, generous, big, large, broad, wide, extensive
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    2. 1.2 Used euphemistically to convey that someone is fat.
      ‘she stood with her hands on her ample hips’
      • ‘The mammies all wore the brightly coloured cloths wound tightly round their ample figures, and turban-like round their heads.’
      • ‘Her ample body became a sign of financial abundance afforded by the upper class.’
      • ‘Her features were actually too full and sensual, her figure too ample to fit the mold.’
      • ‘She came to them, maneuvering so as to not knock into anyone with her ample hips.’
      • ‘There was this rather portly gentleman, with multiple chins and an ample waistline.’
      • ‘He's described as being ‘a wide man, ample girth’ and I thought it would be interesting to play a fat man.’
      • ‘The steward was buttoning another vest over his ample body as he approached, bending forward to meet the storm.’
      • ‘A dress that best suits you - even covering your ample paunch - would pop up on the screen.’
      • ‘She can kit herself out with a smart new wardrobe to disguise her more ample post-baby figure.’
      • ‘She adjusted her yellow sweatshirt over her ample hips.’
      • ‘Better still, his ample belly has shrunk by an impressive eleven centimetres!’


Late Middle English: via French from Latin amplus ‘large, capacious, abundant’.