Definition of enough in English:

enough

Syllabification: e·nough
Pronunciation: /iˈnəf
 
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determiner & pronoun

  • 1As much or as many as required: [as determiner]: too much work and not enough people to do it there was just enough room for two cars [as pronoun]: they ordered more than enough for five people getting enough of the right things to eat [as postpositive adjective]: there will be time enough to tell you when we meet
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    • There's more than enough work to be done implementing existing policies.
    • They make hundreds of billions of dollars every year, more than enough money to pay for the costs.
    • What all of this means is that Ireland has more than enough organs to save the lives of those on waiting lists.
    Synonyms
    sufficient, plenty, a sufficient amount, an adequate amount, as much as necessary; a sufficiency, an ample supply; one's fill
  • 1.1Used to indicate that one is unwilling to tolerate any more of something undesirable: [as determiner]: we’ve got enough problems without that [as pronoun]: I’ve had enough of this arguing that’s enough, pack it in
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    • After attempting to come back in pre-season, the problem only got worse and he decided enough was enough.
    • Diaries can suffer from a process of attrition, as people decide they have had enough of the task of completing a diary.
    • She finally decided that enough was enough, and it was time to give up.

adverb

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  • 1To the required degree or extent (used after an adjective, adverb, or verb); adequately: before he was old enough to shave you’re not big enough for basketball
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    • If a space is large enough to push a pen through, it is big enough for a mouse.
    • We got close enough to see them with binoculars but not close enough for photographs.
    • It happens rarely enough for such an event to be savoured, but often enough to keep us forever interested.
  • 2To a moderate degree; fairly: he can get there easily enough he seems nice enough
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    • They won it easily enough in the end.
    • She seemed nice enough, her husband came too, they both wore jumpers and jeans in to the office.
    • I've always been able to come up with content easily enough, but had a hard time with the introduction.
  • 3 [with sentence adverb] Used for emphasis: curiously enough, there is no mention of him
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    • Interestingly enough, though, it also works as a good science fiction film.
    • This is one of his poems that, interestingly enough, came up in Philosophy class a while ago.
    • The annual Fun Day in Bedford Park, curiously enough unreported in the papers, was a great success.

exclamation

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  • Used to express an impatient desire for the cessation of undesirable behavior or speech: Enough! After six years of your arguing, I’ve had it!

Phrases

enough is enough

No more will be tolerated.
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  • The British people are very tolerant but there comes a time when enough is enough.
  • It is quite obvious that this council will try to get more tax from us each and every year, unless we say enough is enough and flatly refuse to pay any extra.
  • We, as a community, must stand together and say enough is enough and that we are not prepared to accept anti-social behaviour.

enough said

There is no need to say more; all is understood.
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  • Several people were asking if the Old Fair Day was to return this summer, but the answer is - pubs in general don't want any part of it, enough said.
  • While ordering at the bar, we saw one leave the kitchen - enough said.
  • Dave, all good points well made, and better than I could, so enough said.

Origin

Old English genōg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch genoeg and German genug.

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