December 13, 2012
adequate (adjective)
\AD-ih-kwut\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : suitable or enough for a requirement2 : good enough
How do you use it?
His grades are adequate but I think he can do better.
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Which word do you think is a synonym of "adequate"?

If you picked D, "sufficient," that's good enough for us! "Adequate," "sufficient," and "enough" mean being what is necessary or desirable. "Sufficient" suggests having or providing as much as is needed, as in "His savings were sufficient to buy a new bicycle." "Adequate" may imply barely meeting a requirement, as in "The service at the restaurant was adequate." "Enough" is the more general of these terms in suggesting a necessary amount, as in "Did do you have enough to eat?"
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