enough

1 of 3

adjective

i-ˈnəf How to pronounce enough (audio)
ē-,
ə-
: occurring in such quantity, quality, or scope as to fully meet demands, needs, or expectations
enough food for everyone

enough

2 of 3

adverb

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

3 of 3

pronoun

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

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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Adjective
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Word History

Etymology

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-

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Enough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enough. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

enough

1 of 3 adjective
: equal to the demands or needs : sufficient

enough

2 of 3 adverb
1
: in or to a sufficient amount or degree : sufficiently
ran fast enough
2
: fully sense 1, quite
qualified enough for the job
3
: so as to be moderately good : tolerably
sang well enough

enough

3 of 3 noun
: a sufficient quantity
enough to meet our needs

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