Verb adequate Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


adequate (third-person singular simple present adequates, present participle adequating, simple past and past participle adequated)

  1. (obsolete) To equalize; to make adequate.
  2. (obsolete) To equal.

More definition: much or as good as necessary for some requirement or purpose; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit (often followed by to or for), This car is adequate to our needs. adequate food for fifty people.

2.barely sufficient or suitable, Being adequate is not good enough.

3.Law. reasonably sufficient for starting legal action, adequate grounds.

1. able to fulfil a need or requirement without being abundant, outstanding, etc Derived Formsadequacy (ˈædɪkwəsɪ) nounadequately, adverb Word OriginC17, from Latin adaequāre to equalize, from ad- to + aequusequalCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1610s, from Latin adaequatus "equalized," past participle of adaequare "to make equal to," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + aequare "make level," from aequus (see equal). The sense is of being "equal to what is required." Related, Adequateness.


We agreed the set up was adequate and thanked him for his efforts.

Most days were blessed by a sun that warmed you enough that a couple of heavy sweaters were more than adequate outer wear.

His gloves, adequate for snow shoveling, were poor equipment to safely grasp a rope that supported his full weight.

You're more than adequate, Kris.  All of us look up to you.  You don't have Andre's legacy as the family protector, but you'll find your way.  You've lost your spark.  Is this why?

Untold hours of do-it-yourself-manship and emer­gency repair had finally overcome poor septic design and general­ly shoddy workmanship to create communities of adequate com­fort and living.

At first he threw himself with great energy into the task of building up an adequate system of schools.

The prince's character was not attractive, and the king refused to make him an adequate allowance.

Along with this advocacy of internationalism goes a plea for the disendowment of the Church, in order to provide an adequate financial basis for the future Crusade.

The few signs I used became less and less adequate, and my failures to make myself understood were invariably followed by outbursts of passion.

I fear chiefly lest my expression may not be extra-vagant enough, may not wander far enough beyond the narrow limits of my daily experience, so as to be adequate to the truth of which I have been convinced.

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