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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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

Even that might not be enough, officials acknowledge; meals are still being delivered to residents of remote mountain towns. Frances Robles, New York Times, "FEMA Was Sorely Unprepared for Puerto Rico Hurricane, Report Says," 12 July 2018 The Dodgers provided enough support for Maeda to pull back within a half game of Arizona in the National League West. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 Two more Republicans, Steve Obsitnik and Tim Herbst, collected enough delegate support to win spots on the crowded primary ballot. Matthew Kauffman, courant.com, "Campaign Finance Reports Reveal A Battle Of Millionaires In Gubernatorial Race," 11 July 2018 There should be enough returning depth to avoid a situation like a year ago when freshmen wide receivers Clevan Thomas, Josh Ali and Isaiah Epps all played but contributed just eight total receptions. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "UK Insider: Which freshmen will play or sit this football season?," 10 July 2018 Apparently for the Dersh, there haven’t been enough. Elizabeth Angell, Town & Country, "The Demise of Civil Discourse Has Ruined Alan Dershowitz's Summer Plans," 3 July 2018 But with just three days until voting closes and a 137,000 deficit between first and second-place, there is still a slight possibility that Astros fans give enough support for Correa to overtake Machado. Katherine Fominykh, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Machado clinging to lead in All-Star voting; Braves' Markakis a shoo-in," 2 July 2018 Brad Hand threw a slider low and away but just hung enough that Anthony Rizzo could drive it the other way into the gap in right-center field. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres notes: Hand's struggles; Richard's survival," 14 July 2018 Unsurprisingly, her fans (some of whom were eagle-eyed enough to notice the exact moment in which Cyrus began deleting photos) have some theories. refinery29.com, "Why Did Miley Cyrus Delete Her Instagram Posts? Fans Have A Few Theories," 14 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Bearden-Berrada knew enough about her ex-husband's finances to last year negotiate an increase in child support payments for their two teenage children from $2,500 a month to $10,000. Kevin Crowe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'He'll evict you in a minute.' Landlord quietly becomes a force in Milwaukee rental business...and eviction court," 13 July 2018 My husband, surprisingly enough, didn’t seem to mind. Rebecca Reid, Marie Claire, "I Tried 11 Sex Apps to Spice Up My Marriage," 11 July 2018 Bond served about half the six-years Salant sentenced him to, before collecting enough good-time credits to be released from prison last fall. Dan Morse, Washington Post, "Target of murder-for-hire plot tries to laugh away bargain-based price tag: ‘Insulting to be sure’," 13 July 2018 Pierre Dupont, an expert in bioengineering, including robotic devices, at Boston Children’s Hospital, says the robot is an interesting piece of technology that could be especially useful in settings where there aren’t enough skilled phlebotomists. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 Getting enough good quality sleep can be a struggle. Karen Campbell, BostonGlobe.com, "Trouble sleeping? Let your senses be your guide," 12 July 2018 The movie has smarter-than-usual critiques of corporate imperatives (the more Wall Street learns about Lift’s depraved and exploitative labor schemes, the more the stock goes up), and just enough crazy jokes to sustain it. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "'Sorry to Bother You': The funniest movie you'll ever see about labor organizing," 11 July 2018 Hunting enough smaller prey requires a lot more energy. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 Not enough electric charging stations yet available. Matthew Scott, Outside Online, "The Electric Jaguar I-Pace Can Go Off-Road," 9 July 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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