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ADEQUATE

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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]

Meaning:

(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

Similar:

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

competent (adequate for the purpose)

Also:

satisfactory (giving satisfaction)

Attribute:

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

Antonym:

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


Sense 2adequate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enough to meet a purpose

Synonyms:

enough; adequate; decent

Context examples:

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

Similar:

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


Sense 3adequate [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

About average; acceptable

Synonyms:

fair to middling; passable; tolerable; adequate

Context example:

more than adequate as a secretary

Similar:

satisfactory (giving satisfaction)


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