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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
ample opportunity/plenty of opportunity (=a number of chances to do something)
▪ There will be ample opportunity for shopping.
▪ Dumont, with her sequined purse and overly ample bosom.
▪ The literature of the time provides ample evidence of a dramatic shift in public attitudes.
▪ I was also fairly sure we would find ample evidence of their connections to the increased arson and bombing attacks on clinics.
▪ There was ample evidence of sharp increases in crimes of this nature.
▪ Prumm also provides ample evidence for saying that there is little consensus concerning the nature or existence of Orphism.
▪ And there is ample evidence of liveliness.
▪ There is ample evidence that the centralized way of organizing and managing frustrates the elementary quest for freedom Tolstoy describes so eloquently.
▪ There is also ample evidence that he thought and felt deeply.
▪ To some one like Davidson, the Southern Baptist resolution would be ample evidence that abuse is still rampant today.
▪ In their view, the lack of transparency in the system is ample justification for any accusation or rumour, however far-fetched.
▪ Such appearances have provided ample justification for rejecting the complaints of victims and ignoring their cries for held.
▪ There would seem, therefore, to be ample justification for describing the deviance of 3 as semantic.
▪ Mrs Clinton unwittingly may have provided ample justification for that request.
▪ It was a tribute for which the events of the next three years provided ample justification.
▪ So that here for past services there is ample justification for the promise to give the third share.
▪ In other words, we must motivate our learner to think, and give her ample opportunity to do so.
▪ We felt we had ample opportunities to express our differences through discreet channels.
▪ In fact there was ample opportunity to achieve this objective.
▪ You can re- create a rundown play involving four different defensive players and still have ample opportunity to observe the next pitch.
▪ There were ample opportunities to find out.
▪ We gave him ample opportunity to leave with class and style, reputation intact.
▪ Conflict: there is ample opportunity for this information to be acquired and used by other divisions within the conglomerate.
▪ Shade and picnic tables abound, providing ample opportunity for breaks and lunch.
▪ This gives ample room for cooking and storage.
▪ Wide lawns provide ample room for blankets and folding chairs.
▪ The front bellend uses an extra hooped pole which extends the flysheet forward giving ample room for storage.
▪ None the less, there is ample room for improvement.
▪ Ventilation: ample room between inner and flysheet for air to circulate, especially when doors at either end are open.
▪ This is a very stable tent with ample room.
▪ Such projects require a creative environment and flexible plans with ample room for unforeseen delays.
▪ She found ample room for her things in the huge oak wardrobe in which Edward's clothes already hung.
▪ They found ample scope and many became experts at so doing.
▪ They said the ultra-cautious forecasts for public finances left ample scope for tax cuts in next spring's budget.
▪ But there remains ample scope for the middlemen and traders.
▪ This news provided ample scope for gossip in the next few days.
▪ Faced with growing domestic demand, further tree growing seems desirable, offering ample scope for the development of sylvopastoral systems.
▪ There are display panels, leaflet-racks and ample space for product and range information.
▪ Written exercises have ample space for answers to be clearly written in.
▪ This was especially the case among the well-to-do, who had ample space for guests and the means to travel.
▪ Even with an ample supply of new molecules from nature there is still a lot of work to be done.
▪ The company has expressed concerns about receiving an ample supply of cable modems with the right features.
▪ It is to be introduced in the following September which will allow ample time for discussion.
▪ Everyone seemed to have ample time on their hands.
▪ There is also ample time for shopping in the shops of Florence.
▪ You can also control the character of the bread by giving the dough ample time to proof and develop.
▪ He explained that earning a living left little time for photography but holidays left ample time.
▪ Two hours is ample time, but walkers with interests in botany, geology or archaeology will be sorely tempted to linger.
▪ Always give the caller ample time to explain the reason for the call.
▪ He was given ample opportunity to express his opinion.
▪ The hotel's main dining room has ample room for both dining and dancing.
▪ The program would ensure that Arizona has an ample supply of water for the next 20 years.
▪ These documents provide ample evidence of their guilt.
▪ You will have ample opportunity to express your opinions during the debate.
▪ You will have ample time to complete the test.
▪ After ample reflection, I concluded that the primary cause of my troubles was the farm itself.
▪ Any small dictionary will provide an ample fund for single word technique.
▪ Hard work, ample food and a neat change of clothes into the bargain.
▪ So there is ample reason to study the rebels today.
▪ There is ample freedom to do so.
▪ They would operate from roomy vicarages with ample grounds and were welcome guests at the highest tables in their parishes.
▪ With ample historical evidence on their side, the expansionists replied that visibility was a tested means of swelling research budgets.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ample \Am"ple\,

  1. [F. ample, L. amplus, pro

  2. for ambiplus full on both sides, the last syllable akin to L. plenus full. See Full, and cf. Double.] 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.

    2. Fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice.

    3. Not contracted of brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative.

    Syn: Full; spacious; extensive; wide; capacious; abundant; plentiful; plenteous; copious; bountiful; rich; liberal; munificent.

    Usage: Ample, Copious, Abundant, Plenteous. These words agree in representing a thing as large, but under different relations, according to the image which is used. Ample implies largeness, producing a sufficiency or fullness of supply for every want; as, ample stores or resources, ample provision. Copious carries with it the idea of flow, or of collection at a single point; as, a copious supply of materials. ``Copious matter of my song.''
    --Milton. Abundant and plenteous refer to largeness of quantity; as, abundant stores; plenteous harvests.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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


a. 1 large; great in size, extent, capacity, or bulk; spacious; roomy; widely extended. 2 Fully sufficient; abundant; liberal; copious; as, an ample fortune; ample justice. 3 Not contracted or brief; not concise; extended; diffusive; as, an ample narrative.

  1. adj. more than enough in size or scope or capacity; "had ample food for the party"; "an ample supply" [ant: meager]

  2. affording an abundant supply; "had ample food for the party"; "copious provisions"; "food is plentiful"; "a plenteous grape harvest"; "a rich supply" [syn: copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich]

  3. fairly large; "a sizable fortune"; "an ample waistline"; "of ample proportions" [syn: sizable, sizeable]

Usage examples of "ample".

The ample jurisdiction required by the farmers of the revenue to accomplish their engagements might be placed in an odious light, as if they had purchased from the emperor the lives and fortunes of their fellow-citizens.

While the stream of power now flowing was ample to operate the lookout plates, yet it would be many hours before the accumulator cells would be in condition to drive the craft even that short distance.

One first thought of the woman as a girl, but appreciation of her ample breasts brought realisation that she was in fact a shaven woman.

Rouleau, as instructed, made his preparation for the ballooning with slow deliberation, giving Fitzfarris ample time to do a booming business with his game.

In basketry and certain classes of garment-making, the inhabitants of the Mississippi valley were well advanced at the period of European conquest, and there is ample evidence to show that the mound-building peoples were not behind historic tribes in this matter.

Tyrolese seemed convinced, though reluctantly, and agreed to advance the necessary sum upon the bond and judgment of our adventurer, who, being disabled from transacting his own affairs in person, was obliged to intrust Ratchcali with his keys, papers, and power of attorney, under the check and inspection of his faithful Maurice and the solicitor, whose fidelity he bespoke with the promise of an ample recompense.

Miss Bloomer, having lost her mother in early life, and her father being devoted to the chase, pedestrianism, and other athletic sports congenial to most country gentlemen, the young lady, his only child, had ample scope for indulging her inclinations.

His air gave place to importance, and, as he leaned against the white pillar of the arcade, folded his ample burnous round him, and glanced up at the sky he saw, in fancy, a five-franc piece glittering in the chariot of the moon.

She wore a high-necked and lace-fringed blouse designed for the bustless girls of mid-town, and she was far too ample for it.

Fox river lasted ten days, during which time we had ample opportunity to test the efficacy of hydropathy, as our awning was by no means waterproof, and we were literally soaked the greater part of the time.

Since, however, it is apparent that here, as in every other state, foreign dangers necessarily attend domestic difficulties, I recommend that adequate and ample measures be adopted for maintaining the public defenses on every side.

Probably on matsuri days all appear in fine clothes taken from ample hoards.

The depicted woman sagged backward into the grass, hiking up her skirts, leaving ample evidence that her ministrations had been successful.

My glim showed me the keyhole, and I cut the lock, which was mortised into the thickness of the door, clean away, taking a square which gave ample margin beyond the edges of the lock.

The religious traditions are often so rich and multivariate that they offer ample opportunity for renewal and revision, again especially when their sacred books can be interpreted metaphorically and allegorically.