enough

adjective
\ i-ˈnəf How to pronounce enough (audio) , 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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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 Lee's confession alone wasn't enough to clear Yoon's name. Julia Hollingsworth, Yoonjung Seo And Jake Kwon, CNN, "He spent 20 years in prison for murder. Then someone else confessed to the same crime," 23 May 2020 But, these apps can only help public health if enough people adopt them. Wired Opinion, Wired, "The Success of Contact Tracing Doesn't Just Depend on Privacy," 23 May 2020 With not enough distance between people, the combination could be ripe for the spread of disease. Houston Chronicle, "Scared and sick, U.S. meat workers crowd into reopened plants," 22 May 2020 Scientists told Stat News that not enough information was disclosed about the phase 1 trials, including the results from other participants in the small group. NBC News, "Coronavirus vaccine: This week's update from Moderna, Inovio and more," 22 May 2020 Nine weeks wasn’t enough time for the crew to completely redo the ship. al, "Freshened-up USS Alabama on course to reopen Saturday," 21 May 2020 If that isn’t enough pressure, the judge of both chefs’ rendang dishes will be the governor of West Sumatra. National Geographic, "Gordon Ramsay Explores Rugged West Sumatra," 20 May 2020 Passengers are slowly coming back, but not enough to justify the industry’s nearly 750,000 employees. Dallas News, "American Airlines looking to ‘right-size’ the company and staffing levels for the fall and 2021," 19 May 2020 Six weeks without touch wasn’t enough to unlearn this language. Ella Dawson, Longreads, "The Lie of ‘One Last Time’ with My Ex," 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb But the increase wasn’t enough to offset costs from boosting workers’ pay and benefits in the recent quarter, the company said Tuesday. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, "Home Depot, Moderna, Walmart: Stocks That Defined the Week," 22 May 2020 The agency is anticipating up to 19 storms big enough to merit a name, of which up to 10 may grow into hurricanes. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The US is in for a brutal—and expensive—hurricane season," 21 May 2020 Those lucky enough to still have a stable income and health insurance may be quite sensibly wary of jettisoning those things for the great unknown. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "An economist’s rule for making tough life decisions," 21 May 2020 The little plastic side containers aren’t big enough for a family, which is any group of people over one. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "The Perfect Jet’s Pizza Order Includes the $4 Squeeze Bottle of Ranch," 20 May 2020 Some patients, even those who were never sick enough to be hospitalized, have reported fever, fatigue and other symptoms for as many as 10 to 12 weeks. NBC News, "70 cases of COVID-19 at French schools days after re-opening," 19 May 2020 Fans fortunate enough to get tickets to the service filled the arena, where a stage surrounded by thousands of red roses has replaced the basketball court. Bloomberg.com, "The Latest: Kobe Bryant Service Ends With Oscar-winning Film," 18 May 2020 And like many matters pandemic-related, there is no consensus about what Canadian families fortunate enough to own a summer cottage, cabin, shack, chalet, camp — or whatever they’re called in your region — should do. Ian Austen, New York Times, "What Coronavirus Means for Going to the Lake," 15 May 2020 There’s a strangely comforting echo between the staid lives of her early 19th century women and current circumstances, for those of us fortunate enough to have our greatest challenge be coping with staying home. Raisa Bruner, Time, "What Jane Austen Can Teach Us About Staying Home," 15 May 2020

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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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Time Traveler for enough

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The first known use of enough was before the 12th century

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26 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Enough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enough. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for enough

enough

adjective
How to pronounce enough (audio)

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 How to pronounce enough (audio) \

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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