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

But even a modest offense should be enough to push the Spartans toward eight or nine wins. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State to Rose Bowl this year? Mark Dantonio has surprised us before | Windsor," 19 July 2019 Normally, the payment would have been enough to cancel the auction. Robert Anglen, azcentral, "Disabled Arizona veteran whose mobile home was auctioned off will get to stay," 19 July 2019 This is enough to fill a shot glass, which might sound exorbitant. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "You're Probably Forgetting to Put Sunscreen on These 8 Places," 18 July 2019 Pasher’s potential was enough for Newcastle to consider extending his stay, but following work permit issues to remain in England, Pasher decided to move on and returned to Toronto to play for Toronto FC’s youth academy. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "After winding career, Indy Eleven's leading scorer Tyler Pasher finds his form — and a home," 18 July 2019 Will an arm around the shoulder from Bruce be enough to convince the youngster to stay? SI.com, "Joelinton: The Signing That Sums Up Newcastle United's Chaotic Transfer Strategy," 18 July 2019 His approval rating from Florida voters is enough to place him No. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, "Gov. Ron DeSantis lands spot among 10 most popular U.S. governors," 18 July 2019 Even the risk of death — a chance of one in 20 for a Mediterranean crossing, some data suggests — is not always enough to overcome the forces that drive someone to seek asylum. Amanda Taub, New York Times, "Trump’s Immigration Approach Isn’t New: Europe and Australia Went First," 18 July 2019 Offering positivity and tolerance will be enough to stifle someone who is demanding. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: July 17, 2019," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

King’s run has gone a long way towards catapulting Bane into the top-tier of Batman’s rogues gallery (in case Tom Hardy’s Dark Knight Rises portrayal wasn’t enough). Christian Holub, EW.com, "How Tom King's Batman run has built up to 'City of Bane'," 17 July 2019 But officials are realizing that offering low cost living is not enough. Fox News, "Facing labor shortage, Iowa launches ambitious campaign to attract skilled workers," 17 July 2019 But some activists, including Garner's family and the relatives of others killed by police, have argued the changes weren't enough. CBS News, "NYPD officer won't be charged by feds in Eric Garner's chokehold death," 16 July 2019 And, because once wasn't enough, Pitt also lept his way back to his starting point, cutting into Robbie's shoot for a second time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brad Pitt Photobombs Margot Robbie in the Most Extra Way Possible," 12 July 2019 If that wasn’t enough, Beihold also spends time writing and composing music that’s heard on a slew of streaming platforms. Vincent Nguyen, Burbank Leader, "Burroughs grad Beihold’s talents stretch far beyond being All-American fencer," 19 July 2019 The air in the Upside Down is toxic and in there long enough, the Upside Down will definitely kill you (RIP Barb). Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "What Is the Upside Down and How Did Will Byers Get There?," 19 July 2019 Merely logging more miles, which many AV companies tout as a statistic to reflect their experience, isn’t enough. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "Self-driving platoons of trucks are coming to a highway near you," 19 July 2019 Work long and hard enough at those temperatures, and the body gives out. NBC News, "In the hot seat: UPS delivery drivers at risk of heat-related illnesses," 18 July 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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