Definition of adequate in English:

adequate

Syllabification: ad·e·quate
Pronunciation: /ˈadikwit
 
/

adjective

Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity: this office is perfectly adequate for my needs the law is adequate to deal with the problem adequate resources and funding
More example sentences
  • They point to figures that show current oil supplies are more than adequate to satisfy demand.
  • Allocation of adequate resources for research in these fields is highly desirable.
  • The band simply didn't have the time or resources to find an adequate replacement for Frank.
Synonyms
sufficient, enough, requisiteacceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, decent, quite good, pretty good, moderate, unexceptional, unremarkable, undistinguished, ordinary, average, not bad, all right, middling
informal OK, so-so, 'comme ci, comme ça', fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about
equal to, up to, capable of, suitable for, able to do, fit for, sufficient for

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus 'made equal to', past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- 'to' + aequus 'equal'.

Derivatives

adequately

adverb
More example sentences
  • I can dine quite adequately with no more than two plates and a knife and fork.
  • Our youngsters seem to cope quite adequately not giving two hoots about an apostrophe.
  • Thanks to the dairy farming he has been able to provide for this family fairly adequately.

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