Definition of enough in English:


determiner & pronoun

  • 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’
    [as pronoun] ‘they ordered more than enough for five people’
    [as pronoun] ‘getting enough of the right things to eat’
    [as postpositive adjective] ‘there will be time enough to tell you when we meet’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There's more than enough work to be done implementing existing policies.’
    • ‘Strictly speaking we have more than enough time to practice but I'm not sure if I want to do it.’
    • ‘The area is gravelled to cut down on maintenance, we've got enough work to do in the back!’
    • ‘It may still be possible to save it if enough messages from writers and readers are received by the heads of the college.’
    • ‘Test reports indicate that it develops enough power for the job and is flexible.’
    • ‘This would give it more than enough time to find other sources of money.’
    • ‘If there is not enough housing to satisfy demand, how could prices go down?’
    • ‘Fortunately, he's got more than enough talent to pull off a project like this without much trouble.’
    • ‘They make hundreds of billions of dollars every year, more than enough money to pay for the costs.’
    • ‘One answer might be that bands these days are simply not producing enough music to satisfy demand.’
    • ‘There were enough families dotted around to provide a satisfying amount of encouragement.’
    • ‘But then one of the three pulled out, and officials decided that two was enough.’
    • ‘On neither of those trips was there enough sun to get any decent photographs.’
    • ‘Our immediate experience tells us that with enough fuel we could easily make a rocket ship go as fast as we like.’
    • ‘The presence of juice extracting machines at several spots in the city is enough indication.’
    • ‘It can fit in the corner of a room and produce enough flour to satisfy all a community's needs.’
    • ‘Be sure to bring enough food and water to sustain oneself and wear suitable rainproof clothing.’
    • ‘In certain areas we didn't keep the ball enough, especially in the first half, we gave the ball away too easily.’
    sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary
    sufficient, as much as necessary
    a sufficiency, an adequacy, an ample supply, a satisfactory amount, a passable amount, a tolerable amount, an acceptable amount, an abundance, an amplitude
    full measure
    sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary
    plenty of
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    1. 1.1Used 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After attempting to come back in pre-season, the problem only got worse and he decided enough was enough.’
      • ‘After sitting there for almost two hours he decided he'd had enough.’
      sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary
      sufficient, adequate, ample, abundant, as much … as necessary, the necessary
      plenty of
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  • 1To the required degree or extent (used after an adjective, adverb, or verb); adequately.

    ‘before he was old enough to shave’
    ‘you're not big enough for basketball’
    • ‘Adults suffer worse than children and this disease can be serious enough to require hospital treatment.’
    • ‘Just watching their facial expressions is often enough to make you laugh out loud.’
    • ‘The other passengers felt confident enough to laugh about and comment on the situation now.’
    • ‘The fire code requires a window large enough for the occupant to use as an exit in case of fire.’
    • ‘Are you ill enough to need nursing home care or sufficiently infirm to require residential care?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gone are the days when just a basic degree would be enough to fetch a decent job to a person.’
    • ‘A decent enough way to waste forty-odd minutes, but it didn't feel special to me.’
    • ‘He thought I was a decent enough player to spend a bit of money on, but I couldn't repay his faith in me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The white fur of the rug was warm and soft, so it would make a decent enough bed for the night.’
    • ‘A landing between the ground and first floors is ample enough to be used as a study.’
    • ‘When they did, they did their best to make a decent enough meal to last them for awhile.’
    • ‘People also knew that a decent retirement income depended on saving enough cash.’
    • ‘It happens rarely enough for such an event to be savoured, but often enough to keep us forever interested.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Was there any need, when the city already had a large enough range of all-size venues to satisfy most needs?’
  • 2To a moderate degree; fairly.

    ‘he can get there easily enough’
    ‘he seems nice enough’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I mean, they're nice enough but after a handful or so they become a bit sickly.’
    • ‘I then went back to said dull question 2 and worked my way through that easily enough.’
    • ‘They looked nice enough, certainly very cheery with their perfect teeth smiles.’
    • ‘I had no idea who the contestants were, but the guy who won seemed nice enough.’
    • ‘He was nice enough, but definitely didn't omit the warmth and compassion Hayden had.’
    • ‘He seemed nice enough, if a little chatty, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.’
    • ‘She was nice enough, but she seemed to interpret my quiet persona as a sign that I should have a really basic haircut.’
    • ‘I've always been able to come up with content easily enough, but had a hard time with the introduction.’
    • ‘The film is a nice enough.’
    • ‘Not an unusual texture as such, but attractive enough, and a nice picture.’
    • ‘These young men and women all look nice enough.’
    • ‘Croft had found it easily enough.’
    • ‘The two-hour session started easily enough with a questionnaire about my general health.’
    • ‘Miss Jacobs was a nice enough young lady and I believe she had the talent to go far.’
    • ‘She seems nice enough, but her English is very poor so it'd be a real ordeal to spend an hour with her.’
    • ‘There was plenty of space for the hundreds of vehicles and we parked easily enough.’
    • ‘The rest of the class went easily enough, but he was glad to hear the bell go off.’
    • ‘He was nice enough, though he kept to himself a lot, but there was one thing about him that really annoyed me.’
    sufficiently, adequately, amply, satisfactorily, passably, tolerably, reasonably, fairly
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  • 3[with sentence adverb] Used for emphasis.

    ‘curiously enough, there is no mention of him’
    • ‘These people have, interestingly enough, are riders and big fans of the these horses.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, though, it also works as a good science fiction film.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, we can confirm that this is the right sort of value.’
    • ‘This is one of his poems that, interestingly enough, came up in Philosophy class a while ago.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, the skin changed colour as she moved in and out of the light.’
    • ‘Some of these people, interestingly enough, wrote from legal firms of one sort or another.’
    • ‘Naturally enough, the writer wanted to see the winner's gold medal and replica trophy.’
    • ‘A mate of mine who's a jockey once won a race on a horse of the same name, interestingly enough.’
    • ‘Interestingly enough, many of the other loud boats out there did the same.’
    • ‘The annual Fun Day in Bedford Park, curiously enough unreported in the papers, was a great success.’
    • ‘Curiously enough, all the stuff I forgot to write about earlier has to do with Boys.’


  • 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.’
      • ‘Our communities have to unite against this sort of unacceptable behaviour and surely it is time to say enough is enough.’
      • ‘The British people are very tolerant but there comes a time when 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.’
      • ‘But we also know when enough is enough and we have got to change direction.’
  • enough said

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

      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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.’


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