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"adequate" in American English

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adequateadjective

 us   /ˈæd·ɪ·kwət/
enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose: He didn’t have adequate time to prepare for the exam.
adequacy
noun [U]  /ˈæd·ɪ·kwə·si/
We must re-examine the adequacy of our current security procedures.
adequately
adverb  us   /ˈæd·ɪ·kwət·li/
Were you adequately paid, or do you need more money?
(Definition of adequate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"adequate" in British English

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adequateadjective

uk   /ˈæd.ə.kwət/  us   /ˈæd.ə.kwət/
B2 enough or satisfactory for a particular purpose: Have we got adequate food for 20 guests? I didn't have adequate time to prepare. It's not a big salary but it's adequate for our needs. The council's provision for the elderly is barely adequate (= is not enough). [+ to infinitive] Will future oil supplies be adequate to meet world needs?
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adequacy
noun [U] uk   /ˈæd.ə.kwə.si/  us   /ˈæd.ə.kwə.si/
The adequacy of public healthcare has been brought into question.
adequately
adverb uk   /ˈæd.ə.kwət.li/  us   /ˈæd.ə.kwət.li/
B2 While some patients can be adequately cared for at home, others are best served by care in a hospital.
(Definition of adequate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adequate" in Business English

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adequateadjective

uk   us   /ˈædɪkwət/
enough or good enough for a particular purpose: Staff did not receive adequate training.adequate to do sth Our laws must be adequate to protect our citizens.adequate for sth This printer should be perfectly adequate for your needs.
(Definition of adequate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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