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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adequate mean? 

ADEQUATE (adjective)
  The adjective ADEQUATE has 3 senses:

1. (sometimes followed by 'to') meeting the requirements especially of a task
2. enough to meet a purpose
3. about average; acceptable

  Familiarity information: ADEQUATE used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

ADEQUATE (adjective)

Sense 1adequate [BACK TO TOP]


(sometimes followed by 'to') meeting the requirements especially of a task

Context examples:

she had adequate training / her training was adequate / she was adequate to the job


adequate to; capable; equal to; up to (having the requisite qualities for)

competent (adequate for the purpose)


satisfactory (giving satisfaction)


adequacy; adequateness (the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily:)


inadequate ((sometimes followed by 'to') not meeting the requirements especially of a task)

Sense 2adequate [BACK TO TOP]


Enough to meet a purpose


enough; adequate; decent

Context examples:

an adequate income / the food was adequate / a decent wage / enough food / food enough


sufficient (of a quantity that can fulfill a need or requirement but without being abundant)

Sense 3adequate [BACK TO TOP]


About average; acceptable


fair to middling; passable; tolerable; adequate

Context example:

more than adequate as a secretary


satisfactory (giving satisfaction)

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