from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Sufficient to satisfy a requirement or meet a need. See Synonyms at sufficient.
- adj. Barely satisfactory or sufficient: The skater's technique was only adequate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
- v. To equalize; to make adequate.
- v. To equal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient
- transitive v. To equalize; to make adequate.
- transitive v. To equal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Equal to requirement or occasion; commensurate; fully sufficient, suitable, or fit: as, means adequate to the object; an adequate comparison.
- To make equal or adequate.
- To attain equality with; equal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
- adj. sufficient for the purpose
- adj. about average; acceptable
Latin adaequātus, past participle of adaequāre, to equalize : ad-, ad- + aequāre, to make equal, from aequus, equal.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin adaequatus, past participle of adaequare ("to make equal to"); ad + aequare ("to make equal"), aequus ("equal"). (Wiktionary)