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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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

Nevertheless, The Accord has been effective, enough so that the agreement was renewed, this year, for another five-year term. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Until Western Brands Take a Stand, the Lives of Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are at Risk," 4 Dec. 2018 And retailers hope that turning grocery shopping into an experience will be enough for you — for me, for all of us — to put on pants. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience.," 30 Nov. 2018 In the song, Ariana thanks her exes Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Mac Miller, and Pete Davidson — and funnily enough, each one (except Mac, whose page is not shown) gets a page in her very own Burn Book during the video's Mean Girls homage. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Confirmed She Broke Up With Pete Davidson in the "Thank U, Next" Music Video," 30 Nov. 2018 Garner channeled Elphaba in honor of the October 31 festivities, and the likeness was probably enough to terrify every child in the Los Angeles area, as well as anyone else who happened to come across Stiles' Instagram feed on Wednesday afternoon. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Jennifer Garner Transforms Into the Wicked Witch for Halloween, Thanks to Makeup Artist Fiona Stiles," 31 Oct. 2018 That’s enough for them to have deserved whatever happens to them. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "All the Times Trump Has Incited Violence Against People He Dislikes," 30 Oct. 2018 Pour wine mixture into the measuring cup with pan juices and add enough low-sodium chicken broth to make 4 cups liquid total. Woman's Day Test Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Rosemary Roasted-Turkey Gravy," 24 Oct. 2018 In case the scripted series wasn't enough 'Dirty John' content, Bravo's sister network Oxygen has something extra planned. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Hit Podcast 'Dirty John' Is Being Made Into a TV Show Starring Connie Britton," 18 Oct. 2018 Not quite enough to win the top spot as the fastest VPN around but still a contender. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Mullvad 2018 review: A fantastic VPN has a great new look," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

While some importers will bear the cost of the tariffs themselves, others may be able to persuade their foreign suppliers to cut prices enough to offset the cost and others may pass the higher costs on to their customers. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "Tariff Costs Mount for U.S. Companies," 7 Dec. 2018 Matte nails are unexpected, a little edgy, yet still chic enough to wear to work. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This Matte Top Coat Makes Metallic Nail Polish Look So Much Cooler," 7 Dec. 2018 The German cockroach appears to have made its way through Europe during the Seven Years War (1756-1763), a time when people were traversing Europe with containers large enough to hold quite a few cockroaches. Rob Dunn, Discover Magazine, "Our Attempts to Eradicate Insects are Just Making them Resistant to Pesticides," 16 Nov. 2018 And if this moment isn’t a good enough reason to break royal protocol, what is? Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry Had Some Touching Advice For a 6-Year-Old Boy Who Lost His Mother," 31 Oct. 2018 Some deserted; others returned to Germany only long enough to collect their families and return. John Steele Gordon, WSJ, "A Short History of American Immigration," 20 Nov. 2018 Back in 2016, Jeep was kind enough to loan me a Wrangler just like Lorelai Gilmore drove throughout the series' seven-season run. Annemarie Conte, Woman's Day, "Why the 'Gilmore Girls' Fan Festival Is the Ultimate Friends Weekend Getaway," 26 Oct. 2018 The blade—long enough to cover ground on a big piece of meat— is slightly flexible, with a sharp tip to handle the curves around bones. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 That overlap brings the proton waves close enough so that another force — the strong nuclear force, which kicks in only at extremely small distances — can overcome the particles’ electrical repulsion. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 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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