What does adequate mean?

Definitions for adequate
ˈæd ɪ kwɪtad·e·quate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adequate, equal(adj)

    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

    "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task"

  2. adequate, decent, enough(adj)

    sufficient for the purpose

    "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

  3. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable(adj)

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"

Wiktionary

  1. adequate(Verb)

    To equal.

    It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity. uE000105695uE001 Shelford.

    Etymology: adaequatus, past participle of adaequare; ad + aequare, aequus.

  2. adequate(Adjective)

    Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.

    Etymology: adaequatus, past participle of adaequare; ad + aequare, aequus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adequate(adj)

    equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition

    Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]

  2. Adequate(adj)

    to equalize; to make adequate

    Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]

  3. Adequate(adj)

    to equal

    Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adequate

    ad′e-kwāt, adj. equal to: proportionate: sufficient.—adv. Ad′equately.—ns. Ad′equateness, Ad′equacy, state of being adequate: sufficiency. [L. adæquatus, made equal—ad, to, and æquus, equal.]

Editors Contribution

  1. adequate

    Sufficient and appropriate for a specific purpose.

    There was an adequate amount of food at the table for all the visitors.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2835

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3886

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adequate' in Adjectives Frequency: #381

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adequate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adequate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of adequate in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Baohui:

    That would provide greater security for China's nuclear submarines to survive ... and if necessary to execute their orders in wartime, they would be safer than in open oceans where China cannot provide adequate support.

  2. Director Sharon Bryson:

    Contributing to the accident was a low-pressure natural gas distribution system designed and operated without adequate over-pressure protection.

  3. Jim Farrell:

    As cash rent collections start this spring, I expect to see more farm operators who have had difficulty acquiring adequate financing either let leases go or try and renegotiate terms.

  4. Samantha Heller:

    Experts believe that when students are given an adequate amount of time for lunch, they will be more likely to try healthy options and make healthy food choices which down the road may lower the risk for obesity and other chronic diseases.

  5. Tuesday Earnest:

    The fact is, the reason that we don't want to fund the government at current levels is because the budget agreement includes necessary and adequate funding for our national security, so passing a continuing resolution because Congress is unable to come to an agreement on the budget agreement is only going to underfund our national security efforts. It seems like a pretty bad time to be doing that.

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