adequate

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

Essential Meaning of adequate

1 : enough for some need or requirement Be sure to allow adequate [=sufficient, enough] time for the paint to dry. The garden hasn't been getting adequate water. The food was more than adequate for the six of us.
2 : good enough : of a quality that is good or acceptable Millions of people lack adequate [=sufficient] health care. The school lunch should be adequate to meet the nutritional needs of growing children. See More ExamplesThe machine does an adequate job. The tent should provide adequate protection from the elements. The quality of his work was perfectly adequate.Hide : of a quality that is acceptable but not better than acceptable Your grades are adequate but I think you can do better. The quality of his work was only/merely/barely adequate.

Full 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

Other Words from adequate

adequateness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for adequate

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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Recent Examples on the Web This is why there’s a new influenza vaccine every year—the virus mutates so quickly that the previous year’s shot doesn’t provide adequate protection the next year. Emma Yasinski, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2021 At the start of the pandemic, when city officials and most Takoma residents retreated into their homes, sanitation workers like himself were out on the street, collecting trash and encountering strangers, often without adequate protection. Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2021 Emphasizes the importance of technology development and transfer for the implementation of mitigation and adaptation action, and the importance of predictable, sustainable and adequate funding for the Technology Mechanism; VI. CNN, 10 Nov. 2021 Since then, the attempts to meet the demands with adequate supply have been harrowing. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 8 Nov. 2021 State officials must act immediately to provide distance learning that is comparable to last year for students with disabilities and also adequate to their overall needs, a judge has ordered. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Nov. 2021 Employers charged with testing their entire workforces have found themselves in bidding wars in order to secure adequate supply. Lydia Depillis, ProPublica, 4 Nov. 2021 The first priority must be to ensure the American people have an adequate, cheap, and reliable supply of energy. Ariel Cohen, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 Head and leg room are generous up front, and merely adequate in the rear, which is typical in this class. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 2 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adequate. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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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

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Legal Definition of adequate

: lawfully and reasonably sufficient adequate grounds for a lawsuit

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