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

The South Bend Tribune reports the Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners, however, decided early Friday after a multi-day hearing that there wasn't enough evidence to find Jennifer Perusek guilty of animal cruelty or fraud. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana collected less corporate taxes in fiscal year 2018," 13 July 2018 None of the Bad Boys were prolific outside shooters, at least not enough to take advantage of the 4-pointers. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Who wins if Detroit Pistons, Michigan, MSU created localBig3 league?," 11 July 2018 Fans walk out of the formerly lively pub, which has become a sweaty room with not enough windows, and brace themselves for the hot sun. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "What it's like living through England's devastating World Cup loss at a British pub," 11 July 2018 The review of the records has limitations and isn’t enough to establish a direct cause and effect, Getahun cautioned. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Study finds health risks for transgender women on hormone therapy," 9 July 2018 Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said there was not enough evidence to determine if two Adams County deputies were legally justified in the November 2015 shooting of Council rancher Jack Yantis. Cynthia Sewell, idahostatesman, "Training, mental health, growth behind Idaho's spike in police shootings, says expert," 2 July 2018 The left-hander scurried along the baseline, this way and that, using a combination of quickness and anticipation to track down what often appeared to be winners for Williams but were not enough to end a point. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Angelique Kerber outplays Serena Williams, wins her first Wimbledon title," 14 July 2018 Tim Draper, a venture capitalist who spent more than $1.7 million supporting the initiative, told the court in a letter that there’s not enough time to properly consider the legal challenge to his effort. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "'Cal 3' backer urges court to dismiss lawsuit opposing California break-up plan," 14 July 2018 That means there is not enough land to build a new school adjacent to the old one while the old one is still in use, like the Carver Center did when the new school opened in 2012. Libby Solomon, baltimoresun.com, "Firm presents 7 scenarios to address Balto. Co. high school overcrowding; all include new Towson High," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Health care coverage costs too much and the benefits aren’t good enough. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 The temptation to suggest that people’s views are a product of their skin colour, gender or sexuality is bad enough. The Economist, "What’s left?To win back power, Democrats must do things that make them uncomfortable," 14 July 2018 The first days were not good enough, the legs were not good. New York Times, "Longest Stage of the Tour de France Is Actually a Chance to Relax," 13 July 2018 Telling investors that such incidents could happen isn’t good enough. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: GOP candidates caught in a bind on Medicaid," 13 July 2018 The drafts and international signings haven’t been good enough. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "The State of the Royals, Part 1 of 2: How did they get here?," 12 July 2018 Telling investors that such incidents could happen isn’t good enough. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "SEC Probes Why Facebook Didn’t Warn Sooner on Privacy Lapse," 12 July 2018 Gianni Infantino, the president of FIFA, invites the team and their coach to the World Cup finals, if they're rescued in time and healthy enough to attend. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Thai Cave Rescue Mission: A Day-by-Day Timeline," 7 July 2018 Because the guys that are in the sport are talented enough to win. Mike Hembree, USA TODAY, "Is NASCAR's young crop of drivers feeling pressure to perform, replace departed stars?," 6 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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