Definition of “adequate” - English Dictionary

“adequate” in 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).
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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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“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 Business English

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adequateadjective

uk /ˈædɪkwət/ us

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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The 25% by weight minimum target for the recovery of materials is quite adequate for materials such as glass, paper, carton, metals and plastics.
Finally, there needs to be an adequate review procedure to ensure that these criteria are applied in the execution of the contract.
The report points out, for example, that comprehensive and high school education has not paid adequate attention to cooperation between pupils, their parents and the organisers of education.
Do you think that the measures we are now taking are adequate, and what lessons can be drawn for the future?
Thirdly, the second pillar of pensions must never replace the first because it is the first that gives the fundamental guarantee that everyone has access to an adequate pension.
If, despite the precautions taken, an accident should nevertheless occur, it is important to provide swift and adequate compensation for the damage.
Moreover, an adequate contribution from different economic sectors, broken down into industrial, household and agricultural sectors, must ensure that this policy is implemented.
Behind the regulations was a political objective of ensuring growth, employment and competitiveness and of giving everyone access to the information society while ensuring adequate legal protection.
Other parts of this report, which state that proof of adequate retirement cover is a prerequisite for third-country nationals obtaining some rights or the same rights, are equally subjective.
Without an adequate regulating mechanism, we run too great a risk of the trade benefits being distributed very unevenly indeed and of the environment and social standards coming off worst.