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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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

Vandals removed some of the bolts, but couldn’t get enough leverage to remove everything, Schnibben said. Suzanne Baker And Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Vandals damage Centennial Park's skateboarder statue in failed attempt to take it, officials say," 12 July 2018 Speaking of respect, is Lewerke, Michigan State's fine junior quarterback, getting enough during this run-up to the start of fall camp? Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Forget the rankings. MSU's Brian Lewerke could be Big Ten's best QB," 11 July 2018 There are three things fashion people love: eccentrics, glamour, and tragicomedy – that perverse play of humor and sadness so loved in the British (and camp) comedy cannon that we Americans can't get enough of. refinery29.com, "Why Fashion People Love Cult Film Grey Gardens," 3 July 2018 For Preston, what’s changed in California and elsewhere is that tenants and activists have simply had enough. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rent control and tenants’ rights set to be larger political issues in 2018 elections," 11 July 2018 Diners not feeling hungry (or flush) enough for the Osetra caviar with cauliflower custard and smoked Japanese Wagyu beef on the $285 tasting menu can still indulge in Kostow's cooking with a three-course, $125 menu at the restaurant's bar. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 Damaged enough for one day, Camille heads to her room to draw a bath and pour a large glass of vodka. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 The hexagonal central piece and the expansion leaves pop up out of the table once there's enough space to accommodate them. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Ingenious Table Expands When You Turn It," 5 July 2018 Over the course of a year, that difference could amount to a considerable number of points left on the table, enough for a round-trip flight to Peru, to take just one example. Ryan Craggs, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Travel Credit Card," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

That still hasn’t been long enough for their crew to match conversations about inclusion and equal representation. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Women in Film Chief Calls Herself Out on Hiring Women: "We Have So Much Work to Do"," 13 July 2018 Once brine is cool enough to touch, stir in shrimp. Osayi Endolyn, WSJ, "Why Chefs Are Elevating Rice to Star Ingredient Status," 13 July 2018 Or the times Fitz managed to stop crying about all of his privilege long enough to tell Olivia to put that white hat back on. refinery29.com, "Is Younger Setting The Stage For A Liza-Josh Reunion?," 11 July 2018 He'd been gone just long enough to get back to Kansas City, spend time with his newborn daughter and have dinner with his family before jumping back on a plane to Minneapolis. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Unable to keep early lead vs. Twins, Royals drop another series," 11 July 2018 Drag this out long enough, and it'll eventually get forgotten amid the next crisis at City Hall, right? Jason Williams, Cincinnati.com, "PX column: Time's up for Jeff Pastor's campaign finance report. Is an investigation coming?," 11 July 2018 In an ironic twist, alt-right activists—many previously banned from Twitter for their embrace of violent white nationalism—returned to the platform long enough to help hunt down and report the offending users. Jessi Hempel, WIRED, "Immigration Fight Shows Silicon Valley Must Stop Feigning Neutrality," 8 July 2018 And Pruitt could serve for up to 210 days without Senate confirmation — long enough to fire Mueller and all his staff, or at least seriously derail their work. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Hasn’t Trump Fired Scott Pruitt? Because Pruitt Can Fire Robert Mueller.," 3 July 2018 The suits also names District 300 and Golfview Principal Lindsay Sharp as defendants, charging neither did enough to keep children safe from Bedoya. Rafael Guerrero, Elgin Courier-News, "5th round of child abuse/assault charges filed against former Carpentersville substitute teacher," 2 July 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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