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

Ever since then, even though not all of these items have been successful, enough of them have been driving sales or driving conversation around a brand that operators are continuing to pursue a strategy. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Why we’re in a golden age of novelty food items and bizarre flavors," 21 Dec. 2018 Google has rapidly expanded in cities across the country, and just announced plans to grow its New York City footprint to 7 million square feet, enough to house 46,000 employees. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 Our testers couldn't get enough of how soft the Dove cream made their skin feel. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Hand Creams to Moisturize Dry, Cracked Hands ASAP," 6 Dec. 2018 But excessive caution is discouraged: Not long after, players need to build enough speed to leap across the pool of molten lava at the mountain’s heart. Leif Johnson, PCWorld, "Check out this exclusive look at Guild Wars 2's jaw-dropping Infernal Leap roller beetle track," 26 Nov. 2018 The range will include enough products to fill up your Christmas stocking and then some. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Kylie Jenner Just Revealed Her Entire 2018 Holiday Makeup Collection on Instagram," 14 Nov. 2018 Though Beatrice is technically ahead of her sister in the line of succession, this likely doesn’t represent enough of a hierarchical difference to be a problem. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "All the Ways Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 12 Oct. 2018 That should be enough for the U.S. to deny extradition and grant Mr. Arias’s asylum claim, which is making its way slowly through U.S. court. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Senseless Extradition," 17 Dec. 2018 Now, Hawking's collaborators are left to finish tabulating whether those particles could store enough information to dodge the conflict with quantum mechanics. Sarah Lewin, Space.com, "Stephen Hawking's Children and Colleagues Discuss Physicist's Final Book, Legacy," 17 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

This will guarantee the water stays cold enough to keep the chicken out of the temperature danger zone—which is between 40 and 140 degrees F according to the United States Department of Agriculture. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "All the Different Ways to Thaw Chicken Breasts, Ranked," 5 Jan. 2019 If that's not luxurious enough, the east wing is complete with his and her bathing suites with coordinating onyx and marble features. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This NYC Apartment Features Stunning Views Of Central Park For $39.5 Million," 30 Dec. 2018 The Reporter Decades ago, as a small-town newspaper reporter working on the Friday after Thanksgiving, my boss (a guy old enough to be my father) brought in a platter of this World War II era delicacy: turkey meat on Wonder Bread with butter. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "4 Great Turkey Sandwiches For All Those Thanksgiving Leftovers," 23 Nov. 2018 Even if the baby seems old enough, parents should work out their own schedule for introducing foods with their pediatrician based on their child’s medical history. Jessica Migala, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Your Kids Safe From Food Allergies," 19 Nov. 2018 This animal was different enough from W. manneringi to suggest that the birds were already a diverse bunch. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 Oddly enough, Trump and the GOP’s pointed attacks on Obamacare last year might have also helped amplify press coverage of the law and raised awareness of its sign-up period, as the New York Times’s Margot Sanger-Katz pointed out. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Obamacare sign-ups surge in final tally," 21 Dec. 2018 Interestingly enough, Beat Saber initially came out with a very limited selection of songs, most with names few had heard of. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "League of Legends’ K-pop hit comes to VR game Beat Saber," 21 Dec. 2018 The hotel’s ice is harvested from the river in March and stored until construction starts in October when the air is cool enough to keep the ice intact. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Icehotel is back and as fantastical as ever," 20 Dec. 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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