enough


enough
[[t]ɪnʌ̱f[/t]]
1) DET: DET n-uncount/pl-n Enough means as much as you need or as much as is necessary.

They had enough cash for a one-way ticket...

There aren't enough tents to shelter them from the start of the rainy season.

ADV: adj/adv ADV, ADV after v, oft ADV to-inf
Enough is also an adverb.

I was old enough to work and earn money... Do you believe that sentences for criminals are tough enough at present?... She graduated with high enough marks to apply for university.

PRON
Enough is also a pronoun.

Although the UK says efforts are being made, they are not doing enough.

QUANT: QUANT of def-n
Enough is also a quantifier.

All parents worry about whether their child is getting enough of the right foods.

ADJ: n ADJ
Enough is also an adjective.

It was downright panic - the frozen expressions on the faces of the actors was proof enough of that.

2) PRON If you say that something is enough, you mean that you do not want it to continue any longer or get any worse.

I met him only the once, and that was enough...

I think I have said enough...

You've got enough to think about for the moment.

QUANT: QUANT of def-n
Enough is also a quantifier.

Ann had heard enough of this... He had messed up enough of these occasions to give rise to some anxieties.

DET: DET pl-n/n-uncount
Enough is also a determiner.

I've had enough problems with the police, I don't need this... Would you shut up, please! I'm having enough trouble with these children!

ADV: adj ADV
Enough is also an adverb.

I'm serious, things are difficult enough as they are.

3) ADV: adj/adv ADV You can also use enough to say that something is the case to a moderate or fairly large degree.

Winter is a common enough German surname...

I got this phone call from a gentleman, who seemed sincere enough...

The rest of the evening passed pleasantly enough.

4) ADV: adv ADV with cl You use enough in expressions such as strangely enough and interestingly enough to indicate that you think a fact is strange or interesting.

Strangely enough, the last thing he thought of was his beloved Tanya...

Her latest conquest is an Italian who, interestingly enough, doesn't speak a word of his native language.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you say `enough is enough', you mean that you want something that is happening to stop.

Stop asking questions! You should know when enough is enough.

6) PHRASE: V inflects, oft PHR of n If you say that you have had enough, you mean that you are unhappy with a situation and you want it to stop.

I've had enough - there are limits even for the patience of a saint!...

I had had enough of other people for one night.

7) CONVENTION If you say `enough said', you mean that what you have just said is enough to make a point clear, and that there is no need to say any more.

My husband is a jazz musician. Enough said.

Syn:
say no more
8) CONVENTION You say `that's enough' to tell someone, especially a child, to stop behaving in a silly, noisy, or unpleasant way.
9) fair enoughsee fair
sure enoughsee sure

English dictionary. 2008.

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