Definition of enough in US English:


pronoun & determiner

  • 1As much or as many as required.

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

    ‘before he was old enough to shave’
    ‘you're not big enough for basketball’
    • ‘People also knew that a decent retirement income depended on saving enough cash.’
    • ‘A decent enough way to waste forty-odd minutes, but it didn't feel special to me.’
    • ‘It happens rarely enough for such an event to be savoured, but often enough to keep us forever interested.’
    • ‘Was there any need, when the city already had a large enough range of all-size venues to satisfy most needs?’
    • ‘A landing between the ground and first floors is ample enough to be used as a study.’
    • ‘Adults suffer worse than children and this disease can be serious enough to require hospital treatment.’
    • ‘Are you ill enough to need nursing home care or sufficiently infirm to require residential care?’
    • ‘The other passengers felt confident enough to laugh about and comment on the situation now.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when just a basic degree would be enough to fetch a decent job to a person.’
    • ‘When they did, they did their best to make a decent enough meal to last them for awhile.’
    • ‘Though I found certain scenes kind of funny, it was never enough to laugh out loud.’
    • ‘If a space is large enough to push a pen through, it is big enough for a mouse.’
    • ‘He thought I was a decent enough player to spend a bit of money on, but I couldn't repay his faith in me.’
    • ‘Today, most jobs that pay enough to support a family require some post-secondary education.’
    • ‘There was only one thing expected of me, and it was an easy enough demand to satisfy.’
    • ‘The white fur of the rug was warm and soft, so it would make a decent enough bed for the night.’
    • ‘We got close enough to see them with binoculars but not close enough for photographs.’
    • ‘The classical style requires an early start at an age young enough for the body to adapt to its demanding range of movement.’
    • ‘Just watching their facial expressions is often enough to make you laugh out loud.’
    • ‘The fire code requires a window large enough for the occupant to use as an exit in case of fire.’
    1. 1.1 To a moderate degree; fairly.
      ‘he can get there easily enough’
      ‘he seems nice enough’
      • ‘The rest of the class went easily enough, but he was glad to hear the bell go off.’
      • ‘Croft had found it easily enough.’
      • ‘Not an unusual texture as such, but attractive enough, and a nice picture.’
      • ‘I then went back to said dull question 2 and worked my way through that easily enough.’
      • ‘I had no idea who the contestants were, but the guy who won seemed nice enough.’
      • ‘The film is a nice enough.’
      • ‘There was plenty of space for the hundreds of vehicles and we parked easily enough.’
      • ‘He was nice enough, but definitely didn't omit the warmth and compassion Hayden had.’
      • ‘These young men and women all look nice enough.’
      • ‘Miss Jacobs was a nice enough young lady and I believe she had the talent to go far.’
      • ‘They looked nice enough, certainly very cheery with their perfect teeth smiles.’
      • ‘They won it easily enough in the end.’
      • ‘She seemed nice enough, her husband came too, they both wore jumpers and jeans in to the office.’
      • ‘He was nice enough, though he kept to himself a lot, but there was one thing about him that really annoyed me.’
      • ‘She was nice enough, but she seemed to interpret my quiet persona as a sign that I should have a really basic haircut.’
      • ‘I mean, they're nice enough but after a handful or so they become a bit sickly.’
      • ‘I've always been able to come up with content easily enough, but had a hard time with the introduction.’
      • ‘He seemed nice enough, if a little chatty, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.’
      • ‘She seems nice enough, but her English is very poor so it'd be a real ordeal to spend an hour with her.’
      • ‘The two-hour session started easily enough with a questionnaire about my general health.’
      sufficiently, adequately, amply, satisfactorily, passably, tolerably, reasonably, fairly
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    2. 1.2with sentence adverb Used for emphasis.
      ‘curiously enough, there is no mention of him’
      • ‘Naturally enough, the writer wanted to see the winner's gold medal and replica trophy.’
      • ‘The annual Fun Day in Bedford Park, curiously enough unreported in the papers, was a great success.’
      • ‘These people have, interestingly enough, are riders and big fans of the these horses.’
      • ‘A mate of mine who's a jockey once won a race on a horse of the same name, interestingly enough.’
      • ‘Interestingly enough, though, it also works as a good science fiction film.’
      • ‘Some of these people, interestingly enough, wrote from legal firms of one sort or another.’
      • ‘Interestingly enough, we can confirm that this is the right sort of value.’
      • ‘Interestingly enough, the skin changed colour as she moved in and out of the light.’
      • ‘This is one of his poems that, interestingly enough, came up in Philosophy class a while ago.’
      • ‘Curiously enough, all the stuff I forgot to write about earlier has to do with Boys.’
      • ‘Interestingly enough, many of the other loud boats out there did the same.’


  • Used to express an impatient desire for the cessation of undesirable behavior or speech.

    ‘Enough! After six years of your arguing, I've had it!’


  • enough is enough

    • No more will be tolerated.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But we also know when enough is enough and we have got to change direction.’
      • ‘The British people are very tolerant but there comes a time when enough is enough.’
      • ‘Our communities have to unite against this sort of unacceptable behaviour and surely it is time to say enough is enough.’
      • ‘We, as a community, must stand together and say enough is enough and that we are not prepared to accept anti-social behaviour.’
  • enough said

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

      • ‘Just think of a kitchen with seventies' lime green cabinets and mustard countertops… hmm… enough said!’
      • ‘Dave, all good points well made, and better than I could, so enough said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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