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ad·e·quate

adequate

 
 
pronunciation:
ae d kwiht
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part of speech: adjective
definition: enough for the situation or need.
The coaches decided that the condition of the track was adequate for the race.
synonyms:
satisfactory
antonyms:
deficient, improper, inadequate, unsuitable
similar words:
acceptable, all right, ample, appropriate, decent, enough, respectable, sufficient, suitable
derivation: adequately (adv.)
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The word adequate contains the following parts:
ad- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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Originally a Latin preposition and prefix, ad- occurs in English in Latin loanwords. It has multiple forms, as the final 'd' sound in ad- assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See its assimilated forms: ac-, af-, ag-1, al-, an-, ap-, ar-, as-, and at-.
equ, equi Latin root that means equal
-ate1 Latin verb-forming suffix that means to make, cause, do
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The suffix -ate primarily forms transitive verbs from Latin bases. Many -ate verbs were loanwords from Latin. Verbs ending in -ate combine with the suffix -ion to form nouns ending in -ation. These verbs also have corresponding agent nouns ending in -ator (navigator, dictator, elevator).