Definition of enough in English:

enough

Pronunciation /iˈnəf/ /ɪˈnəf/

determiner

  • 1As much or as many as required.

    ‘there's too much work and not enough people to do it’
    ‘he did just enough studying to pass his exams’
    as postpositive adjective ‘there will be time enough to tell you when we meet’
    • ‘There's more than enough work to be done implementing existing policies.’
    • ‘They make hundreds of billions of dollars every year, more than enough money to pay for the costs.’
    • ‘What all of this means is that Ireland has more than enough organs to save the lives of those on waiting lists.’
    • ‘Fortunately, he's got more than enough talent to pull off a project like this without much trouble.’
    • ‘This would give it more than enough time to find other sources of money.’
    • ‘I had more than enough loose change in my coin purse to pay for it.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking we have more than enough time to practice but I'm not sure if I want to do it.’
    • ‘Test reports indicate that it develops enough power for the job and is flexible.’
    • ‘The presence of juice extracting machines at several spots in the city is enough indication.’
    • ‘The area is gravelled to cut down on maintenance, we've got enough work to do in the back!’
    • ‘If there is not enough housing to satisfy demand, how could prices go down?’
    • ‘It can fit in the corner of a room and produce enough flour to satisfy all a community's needs.’
    • ‘One answer might be that bands these days are simply not producing enough music to satisfy demand.’
    • ‘On neither of those trips was there enough sun to get any decent photographs.’
    • ‘Be sure to bring enough food and water to sustain oneself and wear suitable rainproof clothing.’
    • ‘There were enough families dotted around to provide a satisfying amount of encouragement.’
    • ‘Our immediate experience tells us that with enough fuel we could easily make a rocket ship go as fast as we like.’
    • ‘It may still be possible to save it if enough messages from writers and readers are received by the heads of the college.’
    • ‘In certain areas we didn't keep the ball enough, especially in the first half, we gave the ball away too easily.’
    • ‘But then one of the three pulled out, and officials decided that two was enough.’
    sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary
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    1. 1.1Used to indicate that one is unwilling to tolerate any more of (something undesirable)
      ‘we've got enough problems without that’
      • ‘After attempting to come back in pre-season, the problem only got worse and he decided enough was enough.’
      • ‘Diaries can suffer from a process of attrition, as people decide they have had enough of the task of completing a diary.’
      • ‘She finally decided that enough was enough, and it was time to give up.’
      • ‘After sitting there for almost two hours he decided he'd had enough.’
      • ‘So, after all this, I've had enough. Stop it. It looks stupid.’
      • ‘Sean decided he'd had enough of being electrician when he was electrocuted on the job one day.’

pronoun

  • 1As much or as many of something as required.

    • ‘you need to get enough of the right things to eat’
    • ‘they ordered more than enough for five people’
    • ‘he used to give us a small allowance, just enough to live on’
    sufficient, plenty, plenty of, a sufficient amount, a sufficient amount of, an adequate amount, an adequate amount of, as much as necessary
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    1. 1.1Used to indicate that one is unwilling to tolerate any more of something undesirable.
      • ‘I've had enough of this behavior’
      • ‘ that's enough, pack it in’
      • ‘Enough! After six years of your arguing, I've had it!’

adverb

  • 1To the required degree or extent (used after an adjective, adverb, or verb)

    ‘at the time, he wasn't old enough to vote’
    ‘a house that's big enough for your family’
    sufficiently, adequately, amply, satisfactorily, passably, tolerably, reasonably, fairly
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    1. 1.1To a moderate degree; fairly.
      ‘I can get there easily enough’
      ‘he seems nice enough’
    2. 1.2with sentence adverb Used for emphasis.
      ‘curiously enough, this is not a new phenomenon’

Phrases

    enough is as good as a feast
    proverb
    • Moderation is more satisfying than excess.

    enough said
    • There is no need to say more; all is understood.

      • ‘Several people were asking if the Old Fair Day was to return this summer, but the answer is - pubs in general don't want any part of it, enough said.’
      • ‘While ordering at the bar, we saw one leave the kitchen - enough said.’
      • ‘Dave, all good points well made, and better than I could, so enough said.’
      • ‘My brother was there for the food, my sister… well, my sister is the biggest flirt imaginable, and that's enough said, and I was there was there for the dancing.’
      • ‘Just think of a kitchen with seventies' lime green cabinets and mustard countertops… hmm… enough said!’
    enough is enough
    • No more will be tolerated.

      ‘someone has got to stand up and say enough is enough’
      • ‘The British people are very tolerant but there comes a time when enough is enough.’
      • ‘It is quite obvious that this council will try to get more tax from us each and every year, unless we say enough is enough and flatly refuse to pay any extra.’
      • ‘We, as a community, must stand together and say enough is enough and that we are not prepared to accept anti-social behaviour.’
      • ‘Our communities have to unite against this sort of unacceptable behaviour and surely it is time to say enough is enough.’
      • ‘But we also know when enough is enough and we have got to change direction.’

Origin

Old English genōg, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch genoeg and German genug.

Pronunciation

enough

/iˈnəf/ /ɪˈnəf/