Ample describes an abundance of something. An ample supply of apple muffins at the bake sale is a good thing, as is ample legroom in your new van — but if the vet notices your dog's ample waistline, you might have to put Fido on a diet.

Like amplify (crank up the volume), ample is from the Latin word amplus, meaning "large or spacious." Ample can be enough or even too much of something. It's great when there's ample parking or ample snacks for a hike, and we'd all be happy if we had ample time and money. But there are things that some people don't want more of — if your principal has ample evidence that you started the food fight in the cafeteria, you're probably going to end up in detention.

Definitions of ample

adj more than enough in size or scope or capacity

“had ample food for the party”
“an ample supply”
present in great quantity
full, good
having the normally expected amount
more than adequate
full, wide, wide-cut
having ample fabric
of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant
meager, meagerly, meagre, scrimpy, stingy
deficient in amount or quality or extent
deficient in quantity or number compared with the demand
bare, scanty, spare
lacking in amplitude or quantity
extremely scanty
providing only bare essentials
barely satisfying a lower standard
measly, miserable, paltry
contemptibly small in amount
minimal, minimum
the least possible
deficient, insufficient
of a quantity not able to fulfill a need or requirement
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adj affording an abundant supply

“had ample food for the party”
copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich
present in great quantity

adj fairly large

“an ample waistline”
“of ample proportions”
sizable, sizeable
big, large
above average in size or number or quantity or magnitude or extent

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