Definition of enough in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˈnʌf/

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]: 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.
sufficient, plenty (of), a sufficient amount (of), an adequate amount (of), as much as necessary;
a sufficiency, an adequacy, an ample supply, a satisfactory amount, a passable amount, a tolerable amount, an acceptable amount, an abundance, an amplitude;
full measure
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.


1To the required degree or extent (used after an adjective, adverb, or verb): 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.
1.1To 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.
sufficiently, adequately, amply, satisfactorily, passably, tolerably, reasonably, fairly
1.2 [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.



enough is as good as a feast

proverb Moderation is more satisfying than excess.
Example sentences
  • All sorts of goodies prevailed on the dessert menu, tartlet of peach with chocolate sauce and the like, but as they say, enough is as good as a feast.
  • Ah well, enough is as good as a feast - and I've had enough of colour management issues for now.

enough is enough

No more will be tolerated: someone has got to stand up and say enough is enough
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with enough

bluff, buff, chough, chuff, cuff, duff, fluff, gruff, guff, huff, luff, puff, rough, ruff, scruff, scuff, slough, snuff, stuff, Tough, tuff

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