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"adequate" in American English

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adequateadjective

 us   /ˈæd·ɪ·kwət/
enough or ​satisfactory for a ​particularpurpose: 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 ​ourcurrentsecurityprocedures.
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   us   /ˈæd.ə.kwət/
B2 enough or ​satisfactory for a ​particularpurpose: Have we got adequate ​food for 20 ​guests? I didn't have adequate ​time to ​prepare. It's not a ​bigsalary but it's adequate forourneeds. The council's ​provision for the ​elderly is barely adequate (= is not enough). [+ to infinitive] Will ​futureoilsupplies be adequate tomeetworldneeds?
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adequacy
noun [U] uk   us   /ˈæd.ə.kwə.si/
The adequacy of ​publichealthcare has been ​brought into ​question.
adequately
adverb uk   us   /-li/
B2 While some ​patients can be adequately ​cared for at ​home, ​others are ​bestserved 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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