Definition of adequate in English:
Satisfactory or acceptable in quality or quantity: this office is perfectly adequate for my needs 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.
acceptable, passable, reasonable, satisfactory, tolerable, fair, fairly good, pretty good, goodish, middle-of-the-road, mediocre, unexceptional, unexceptionable, undistinguished, unremarkable, ordinary, commonplace, indifferent, average, not bad, all right, good enough, so-so, minimal, medium, moderate, run-of-the-mill, forgettable
informal OK, okay, fair-to-middling, nothing to write home about, nothing to shout about, no great shakes, (plain) vanilla, bog-standard
Australian/New Zealand informal half-pie
equal to, up to, capable, of, suited to, suitable for, able to do, qualified for, fit for, good enough for, sufficient for
informal up to scratch
early 17th century: from Latin adaequatus 'made equal to', past participle of the verb adaequare, from ad- 'to' + aequus 'equal'.
- 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.