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1enough

adjective \i-ˈnəf, ē-, ə-\

: equal to what is needed

Full Definition of ENOUGH

:  occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations <enough food for everyone>

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. Have you got enough money?
  2. That's enough talk for now; let's get started.
  3. There's enough food for everyone.

Origin of ENOUGH

Middle English ynough, from Old English genōg (akin to Old High German ginuog enough), from ge- (perfective prefix) + -nōg; akin to Latin nancisci to get, Greek enenkein to carry — more at co-
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of ENOUGH

sufficient, enough, adequate, competent mean being what is necessary or desirable. sufficient suggests a close meeting of a need <sufficient savings>. enough is less exact in suggestion than sufficient <do you have enough food?>. adequate may imply barely meeting a requirement <the service was adequate>. competent suggests measuring up to all requirements without question or being adequately adapted to an end <had no competent notion of what was going on>.

2enough

adverb

: in the amount needed : to the necessary degree

: to a degree that is not very high or very low : to a reasonable extent

Full Definition of ENOUGH

1
:  in or to a degree or quantity that satisfies or that is sufficient or necessary for satisfaction :  sufficiently
2
:  fully, quite <he is qualified enough for the position>
3
:  in a tolerable degree <she sang well enough>

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. I couldn't run fast enough to catch up with her.
  2. She's old enough to know better.
  3. Are you rich enough to retire?
  4. That's good enough for me.
  5. Oddly enough, they've never actually met.
  6. As if the crowds aren't bad enough, the parking situation is terrible.
  7. We can do it if they help enough.

First Known Use of ENOUGH

before 12th century

3enough

pronoun

: an amount that provides what is needed or wanted : an amount that is enough

Full Definition of ENOUGH

:  a sufficient number, quantity, or amount <enough were present to constitute a quorum> <had enough of their foolishness> —often used interjectionally

Examples of ENOUGH

  1. Have you had enough to eat?
  2. He hasn't had much Spanish, but he knows enough to get by.
  3. The crowds are enough of a problem as it is, without having to worry about parking as well!
  4. It's enough to drive you crazy!

First Known Use of ENOUGH

before 12th century
ENOUGH Defined for Kids

1enough

adjective \i-ˈnəf\

Definition of ENOUGH for Kids

:  equal to the needs or demands <Do we have enough time?>

2enough

adverb

Definition of ENOUGH for Kids

:  in the amount necessary or to the degree necessary <Are you warm enough?>

3enough

pronoun

Definition of ENOUGH for Kids

:  a number or amount that provides what is needed <There is enough for everyone.>

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