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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Additionally, a great many degrees are not adequate to get a job in that area of study: psychology, sociology, English, political science, history, and the list goes on. BostonGlobe.com, "Letters to the editor of the Boston Globe Magazine," 27 Apr. 2018 The device lacked adequate storage space, and usually couldn’t make it through a full route on one charge. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 Maintaining a safe trailing distance will give you adequate time to react to sudden slowing or stopping. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "QUIZ: Could You Still Pass a Basic Driver’s Ed Test?," 30 July 2018 The farm is certified as Animal Welfare Approved by A Greener World, an organization that checks for things like adequate pasture space and best practices for the animals’ physical and psychological well-being. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The Food Adventures We Covet Most," 5 July 2018 There are ways for the Pacers to mix it up, and that could include Pritchard looking to the trade market with so few teams having adequate cap space, to find a stretch four. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Thaddeus Young exercises option and will stay with Pacers," 28 June 2018 Late spring and early summer are the busy time for the animal shelter, and the staff decided to offer the pets for free to ensure adequate space for any new arrivals. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Free dogs, cats available at Gwinnett Animal Shelter through June 30," 26 June 2018 Lake says that gives her all the more reason to take adequate time away. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Kirstjen Nielsen and Ivanka Trump on Border Separations, Katrina Lake's Pregnancy: Broadsheet June 19," 19 June 2018 The Athletic Complex has adequate parking spaces for this size event. Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Guide: The U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Presidents Cup heads to VOA Athletic Complex," 14 June 2018

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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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