- The definition of ample is you have enough of something to meet your needs, and perhaps even some left over.
Having enough space in a room to add a computer desk is an example of having ample space.
- Ample is defined as when you have an abundance of something that is more than you need.
An all-you-can eat buffet is an example of an ample amount of food.
adjectiveampler , amplest
- large in size, extent, scope, etc.; spacious; roomy
- more than enough; abundant
- enough to fulfill the needs or purpose; adequate
Origin of ampleMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin amplus, probably ; from an unverified form amlos ; from Indo-European base an unverified form am-, to contain
- Of large or great size, amount, extent, or capacity: an ample living room. See Synonyms at spacious.
- Fully sufficient to meet a need or purpose: had ample food for the party; was given ample time to decide. See Synonyms at plentiful.
- Plump or bulky: “Her ample body was not the desired shape in a culture of thinness” (Pamela E. Klassen).
Origin of ampleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin amplus.
(comparative ampler, superlative amplest)
- Large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk; spacious; roomy; widely extended.
- All the people in that ample house Did to that image bow their humble knees. --Spenser.
- Fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice.
- Not contracted or brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative.