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Meaning of ADEQUATE

Pronunciation:  'adukwit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task; "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"
  2. [adj]  about average; acceptable; "more than adequate as a secretary"
  3. [adj]  enough to meet a purpose; "an adequate income"; "the food was adequate"; "a decent wage"; "enough food"; "food enough"

ADEQUATE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: adequate to(p), capable, competent, decent, enough, equal to(p), fair to middling, passable, sufficient, up to(p)
 Antonyms: inadequate
 See Also: satisfactory



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ad"e*quate\, a. [L. adaequatus, p. p. of adaequare to
    make equal to; ad + aequare to make equal, aequus equal. See
    Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent;
    fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an
    adequate definition.
          Ireland had no adequate champion.        --De Quincey.
    Syn: Proportionate; commensurate; sufficient; suitable;
         competent; capable.
  2. \Ad"e*quate\, v. t. [See {Adequate}, a.]
    1. To equalize; to make adequate. [R.] --Fotherby.
    2. To equal. [Obs.]
             It [is] an impossibility for any creature to
             adequate God in his eternity.         --Shelford.
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