enough

adjective
\ i-ˈnəf, ē-, ə-\

Definition of enough

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

enough

adverb

Definition of enough (Entry 2 of 3)

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

enough

pronoun

Definition of enough (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for enough

Synonyms: Adverb

adequately, satisfactorily, sufficiently, suitably

Antonyms: Adverb

inadequately, insufficiently, unsatisfactorily

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Adjective

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 enough in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Adverb

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

Pronoun

Have you had enough to eat? He hasn't had much Spanish, but he knows enough to get by. The crowds are enough of a problem as it is, without having to worry about parking as well! It's enough to drive you crazy!
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

THE TAKEAWAY Michigan State: The Spartans had more than enough on defense but as has been the case all season, the offense simply couldn’t hold up its end of the bargain. Michael Wagaman, The Seattle Times, "Herbert sparks Oregon past Michigan State 7-6 in Redbox Bowl," 31 Dec. 2018 For many, however, CBS's $20 million pledge still not enough. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "CBS Is Donating $20 Million From Les Moonves' Severance Package to 18 Women's Organizations," 15 Dec. 2018 Those inputs are also enough to offer full control over a surprisingly large array of Switch games (sometimes with a bit of menu fiddling). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018 Also newly single, V is living at her night club, trying to make enough money to save her business. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Camila Mendes Has Some Thoughts About Archie's Non-Varchie Kiss on Last Night's "Riverdale"," 6 Dec. 2018 Oddly enough, though, there are times when the program that translates between satellite and map view has a difficult time making the translation. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "6 Reasons You Should Always Have a Paper Map," 19 Nov. 2018 Ever since then, even though not all of these items have been successful, enough of them have been driving sales or driving conversation around a brand that operators are continuing to pursue a strategy. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 Google has rapidly expanded in cities across the country, and just announced plans to grow its New York City footprint to 7 million square feet, enough to house 46,000 employees. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Our testers couldn't get enough of how soft the Dove cream made their skin feel. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The debate is over whether the controls are strong enough. Hope Yen, The Seattle Times, "AP fact check: Trump isn’t holed up nonstop at White House," 14 Jan. 2019 This is because the hinges have to be strong enough to endure years of use and hold the laptop together. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "Finally! The new Dell XPS 13 puts the camera in the right place," 8 Jan. 2019 Some still believe the U.S. economy and inflation will be strong enough to prompt the Fed to lift rates further, while others say the central bank is more likely to at least pause its rate increases this year. Dan Weil, WSJ, "The Pros and Cons of Bond Funds vs. Individual Bonds," 6 Jan. 2019 Expect an older, elegant, Upper East Side-ier crowd, and drinks strong enough to knock you into the next century. Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Ways to Spend New Years Eve in New York: An Insider's Guide," 24 Dec. 2018 Once strong enough, the curds and whey make a trip just a few feet away through a 3-inch-diameter positive-displacement pump into the cheddaring vat. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Connected to the Craft," 3 Dec. 2018 In the end, the columns were strong enough to support an eight-ton steel roof—not bad for some rocks and twine. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Watch a robot build columns out of only gravel and string," 15 Oct. 2018 This will guarantee the water stays cold enough to keep the chicken out of the temperature danger zone—which is between 40 and 140 degrees F according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "All the Different Ways to Thaw Chicken Breasts, Ranked," 5 Jan. 2019 If that's not luxurious enough, the east wing is complete with his and her bathing suites with coordinating onyx and marble features. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of enough

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adverb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Pronoun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for enough

Adjective

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-

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More Definitions for enough

enough

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of enough

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: equal to what is needed

enough

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of enough (Entry 2 of 3)

: in the amount needed : to the necessary degree

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

enough

pronoun

English Language Learners Definition of enough (Entry 3 of 3)

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

enough

adjective
\ i-ˈnəf \

Kids Definition of enough

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

enough

adverb

Kids Definition of enough (Entry 2 of 3)

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

enough

pronoun

Kids Definition of enough (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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