adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate | \ ˈa-di-kwət How to pronounce adequate (audio) \

Definition of adequate

1 : sufficient for a specific need or requirement adequate time an amount of money adequate to supply their needs also : good enough : of a quality that is good or acceptable a machine that does an adequate job : of a quality that is acceptable but not better than acceptable Her first performance was merely adequate.
2 : lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit

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Other Words from adequate

adequateness noun

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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

Examples of adequate in a Sentence

Then, during the spring and summer, allow adequate recovery by taking one or two days off the bike each week and scaling back the intensity of your rides one week out of every month. — Selene Yeager, Bicycling, January/February 2008 … they are adequate for almost any computing need. — Michael Meyer, Newsweek, 26 Oct. 1998 … the government would have to bail out any bidder with less adequate resources … The Economist, 30 Aug.-5 Sept. 1986 The garden hasn't been getting adequate water. The food was more than adequate for the six of us. The school lunch should be adequate to meet the nutritional needs of growing children. The machine does an adequate job. The tent should provide adequate protection from the elements. The quality of his work was perfectly adequate. Your grades are adequate but I think you can do better. The quality of his work was only adequate.
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Open swim hours: M-Su: 12-5 p.m. Indoor public pools Unless otherwise specified, all indoor public pools shut down 30 minutes prior to the recreation center closing to allow guests adequate time to exit the pool deck. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "30 public pools around Denver where you can make a splash," 30 June 2019 Be careful not to layer polish on too thickly: instead, layer on several thin coats, allowing adequate time to dry between each coat for best results. Katherine Fung, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Like Pedicure at Home," 27 June 2019 Surely there are some playoff-hungry teams out there eager to engage Farhan Zaidi in a discussion about Sandoval, who, along with his rediscovered power stroke, plays adequate-plus defense at both third and first base. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Giants’ Pablo Sandoval may be hitting his way out of San Francisco," 26 June 2019 Here are three issues that made it to the news—not in a meaningful enough way to be of widespread public interest but adequate, at least, to be dragged into the public eye. Samar Halarnkar, Quartz India, "India’s battling one crisis after another, but parliament and media are obsessed with the irrelevant," 24 June 2019 This enables us to spend adequate time in the stages of sleep known as nonrapid eye movement sleep (NREM) and rapid eye movement sleep (REM). Steven Bender, Quartz, "Hitting the snooze button is bad for your health," 7 June 2019 But the group of detractors didn’t feel the response was adequate. Christine Yu, Outside Online, "What Happened at the SHIFT Festival?," 25 June 2019 To address the differing views, the Navy ordered a second investigation and embraced its findings that pre-deployment training and manning for the RCB unit, in fact, had been adequate. Megan Rose, ProPublica, "Trump Keeps Talking About the Last Military Standoff With Iran — Here’s What Really Happened," 24 June 2019 Basic bass fishing gear is adequate for small catfish, but somewhat heavier line can be a plus due to the frequent snags of bottom-fishing. Frank Sargeant, al.com, "Calling all anglers: It’s catfish time in Alabama," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of adequate

circa 1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adequate

borrowed from Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre "to equalize, put on an equal footing," from ad- ad- + aequāre "to make level, equalize" — more at equate

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adequate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adequate

: enough for some need or requirement
: good enough : of a quality that is good or acceptable : of a quality that is acceptable but not better than acceptable

adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate | \ ˈa-di-kwət How to pronounce adequate (audio) \

Kids Definition of adequate

1 : enough entry 1 Be sure you have adequate time to get ready.
2 : good enough The lunch provides adequate nutrition.

Other Words from adequate

adequately adverb

adequate

adjective
ad·​e·​quate

Legal Definition of adequate

: lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit

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