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

Antonyms: Adverb

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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 There was enough vaccine Tuesday at most testing sites to provide Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech shots to people who had been scheduled to get the J&J shot. Briana Rice, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 vaccines: Health officials say Johnson & Johnson setback won't derail campaign," 14 Apr. 2021 Newsom said last week that California could reopen almost all sectors of its economy June 15 if there is enough vaccine for everyone 16 and older who wants to be inoculated and if hospital admission rates stay low. Dustin Gardiner, San Francisco Chronicle, "California on track to reopen June 15 despite J&J pause, Newsom says," 13 Apr. 2021 But DeRozan spent enough time freezing through Toronto winters to know not everything about the Raptors’ move south has been a hardship. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio Spurs aim to keep winning streak going - in Tampa?," 13 Apr. 2021 Following Decker’s run, a routine groundball that would have stopped the bleeding was bobbled, giving Bailey Hale enough time to score. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Silver Creek baseball scores 10 runs to spoil sectional rival Providence home opener," 10 Apr. 2021 The problem isn’t with the vaccine, epidemiologists have said; it’s that not enough vaccine has been distributed. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "COVID-19 cases are up in more vaccinated parts of Chicago. One possible reason: People are dropping their guard.," 9 Apr. 2021 Turns out, there was just enough time left for an out-of-nowhere comeback. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Knicks rally late, snap Grizzlies' 4-game win streak in OT," 9 Apr. 2021 Sadly, this time, Whedon doesn’t allow these themes enough time to develop organically. Judy Berman, Time, "Joss Whedon's Confusing, Overcrowded The Nevers Indulges in the Laziest Habits of TV's Dickens Obsession," 9 Apr. 2021 There simply wasn’t enough time to bring all of them back, at least not yet. cleveland, "From ‘The Prom’ to ‘Disney’s Frozen,’ KeyBank Broadway Series returns to Playhouse Square starting in November," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Twenty-eight percent of the population is vaccinated fully against Covid, but that isn’t enough, especially considering that half of that 28 percent is 65 or older, and therefore mostly retired. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Is Biden Ditching His Promise to Protect Workers From Covid-19?," 14 Apr. 2021 And if the flight is long enough that kids will need to be unmasked to eat or drink, do so strategically by having seatmates take turns unmasking in order to eat or drink. Christine Sarkis, USA TODAY, "How to decide when to take a family trip when your kids aren't yet vaccinated against COVID," 13 Apr. 2021 Lenders are finding that FICO scores aren’t enough for their underwriting; there are many more questions that need to be asked or else be considered risky blind spots. Nick Chandi, Forbes, "Why Predictive Cash Flow Data Is The Future Of Small Business Lending," 12 Apr. 2021 Words and press releases alone usually aren’t enough. Benjamin Means, The Conversation, "MLB’s decision to drop Atlanta highlights the economic power companies can wield over lawmakers – when they choose to," 12 Apr. 2021 As if all the bells and whistles weren’t enough — there’s an acrobat! Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, "Gender-swapping razzle dazzle in Osceola Arts’ ‘Pippin’ | Review," 11 Apr. 2021 The 21-foot table is long enough for most households, and the lightweight design makes this vacuum easy to use and maneuver. Simon Books, chicagotribune.com, "Dyson vs. Hoover vacuums: Which should you get?," 10 Apr. 2021 As if that weren’t enough, during critiques, RuPaul quite literally bursts into tears when describing how proud Gottmik makes her. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, "RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Battle of the Front-runners," 10 Apr. 2021 The goal of this ambitious undertaking is plain enough. Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone, "Taylor Swift Carefully Reimagines Her Past on ‘Fearless: Taylor’s Version’," 9 Apr. 2021

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

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17 Apr 2021

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“Enough.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enough. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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