What does adequate mean?

Definitions for adequate
ˈæd ɪ kwɪtad·e·quate

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word adequate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adequate, equaladjective

    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, enoughadjective

    sufficient for the purpose

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

  3. adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerableadjective

    about average; acceptable

    "more than adequate as a secretary"

Wiktionary

  1. adequateverb

    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. adequateadjective

    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. Adequateadjective

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

    Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]

  2. Adequateadjective

    to equalize; to make adequate

    Etymology: [See Adequate, a.]

  3. Adequateadjective

    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

How to pronounce adequate?

How to say adequate in sign language?

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. Sheila Caldwell:

    Once you know your risk factors, take meds as prescribed and think of good nutrition and exercise as part of your heart health prescription, make sure you get an adequate amount of sleep and watch the stress. By the way, this applies to your kids, too, because as we know, heart disease begins in childhood.

  2. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser:

    We believe that we did not provide adequate resources at a time when it could (have made) a difference in last evening's commute. We should have been out with more resources.

  3. Alan Fenwick:

    The problem that sub Saharan Africa has is a lack of fresh water, safe water, and adequate sanitation, people who need to urinate and defecate tend to do so on the open ground, and their excreta can be washed into water where the eggs will then infect snails.

  4. De Felice:

    It is important to control blood sugar levels and fight against insulin resistance with adequate diet, exercise and medication as directed by your doctor, but do not use insulin just to prevent memory decline.

  5. Danielle Nouy:

    We are working very hard with our Italian colleagues to make sure that we put the adequate requirements, no more than is needed but no less, either.

Images & Illustrations of adequate

  1. adequateadequateadequateadequateadequate

Popularity rank by frequency of use

adequate#1#4555#10000

Translations for adequate

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for adequate »

Translation

Find a translation for the adequate definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these adequate definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "adequate." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 26 Jan. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/adequate>.

    Are we missing a good definition for adequate? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    an outward bevel around a door or window that makes it seem larger
    • A. pecuniary
    • B. splay
    • C. dicotyledonous
    • D. flabby

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for adequate: