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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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

Bradley planted his right foot in the padding of the and pushed himself just high enough to make the catch. Doug Alden, The Seattle Times, "Bradley’s grabs help Red Sox top O’s 6-4; Davis now 0 for 54," 12 Apr. 2019 Of course, there was enough food to feed a large village at Stormi World. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Every Detail You Missed at Kylie Jenner’s Daughter’s Outrageous First Birthday Party," 11 Feb. 2019 This raises questions about whether the parents were informed enough to make rational decisions. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Scientists, ethicists slam decisions behind gene-edited twins," 30 Nov. 2018 So by their standards, an aunt and nephew are almost not related enough. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "How Are Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Related?," 15 Apr. 2019 Don't know enough about this dual-threat actress and singer? Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Ashleigh Murray? Everything to Know About Josie on "Riverdale"," 8 Feb. 2019 With enough research and the proper preparation, homeowners may be able to handle certain installations themselves, but larger panels and slabs should be left to the professionals. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Tile Countertops: Pros, Cons, and Everything Else You Should Know," 31 Jan. 2019 Apparently, that one post, for which she was reportedly paid $250,000, was enough to elevate the buzz about the event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kendall Jenner Responds to Her Fyre Festival Involvement for the First Time," 3 Apr. 2019 The wicked character’s grin is enough to strike terror in anyone’s heart. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Shahadi Wright Joseph Opens Up About a Possible "Us" Sequel, Impressing Her Parents, and Perfecting an Evil Doppelganger," 1 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Interestingly enough, some of the most sought-after items are the ones that sold terribly when they were first released. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "These Vintage IKEA Pieces Sell for Thousands of Dollars," 6 May 2019 Just enough to fit a passport and other essential documents, a refined cross-body style, like Valentino’s V-Ring bag, channels Gigi’s go-to bag with a shape that is both polished and utilitarian. Vogue, "Is the Airport Your Runway? Meet 4 Travel Bags That Marry Fashion and Function," 23 Apr. 2019 Interestingly enough, moving the body parts affected by RLS can get rid of or lessen the symptoms temporarily, according to the Mayo Clinic. Kristin Auble, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome," 16 Mar. 2019 Interestingly enough, the holiday break hanging over the new December 21 funding deadline could serve to curb any residual appetite for a standoff since lawmakers would like to wrap things up before Christmas. Li Zhou, Vox, "Congress approves measure to prevent a partial government shutdown for another 2 weeks," 6 Dec. 2018 Oddly enough, Juliette stars as David's new girlfriend, Blue, who Darlene isn't too fond of. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Every Weird Thing You Never Realized About National Lampoon's 'Christmas Vacation'," 2 Dec. 2018 And soon enough Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Baby Sussex, due any day now, will be part of the action, too. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "All the Portraits of the Royal Children Over the Years," 24 Apr. 2019 Also, one of anything worth having is never enough. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Don’t You...Wear Head-to-Toe Gucci All Day, Every Day," 2 Apr. 2019 The at-home products weren't enough on their own; my hair grew fast, and my roots were constantly jumping out. Glamour, "7 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Going From Blond to Brunette," 30 Mar. 2019

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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 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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