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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (enough)
a. suficiente
We have adequate funds to support ourselves for a while until we're able to find jobs.Tenemos suficientes fondos para mantenernos durante un tiempo hasta que encontremos trabajo.
2. (acceptable)
a. apropiado
The company has promised to provide us adequate housing in a modest but safe neighborhood.La compañía ha prometido facilitarnos una vivienda apropiada en un barrio humilde pero seguro.
b. aceptable
Do you really think that "my dog ate it" is an adequate excuse for not bringing your homework?¿De verdad crees que "se la comió mi perro" es una excusa aceptable para no traer la tarea?
c. en condiciones
I can't stay in a little hut like this. There isn't even adequate plumbing!No me puedo alojar en una chocita así. ¡Ni siquiera tiene unas tuberías en condiciones!
3. (suitable; used with "to" or "for")
a. adecuado para
We are taking steps that are adequate to create jobs.Estamos dando pasos que son los adecuados para crear empleo.
b. competente para (person)
I know he's your cousin and you want to help him, but he's not adequate to perform this task.Sé que es tu primo y lo quieres ayudar, pero no es competente para desempeñar esta tarea.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The budget is adequate for the intended goals.El presupuesto cubre los objetivos que intentamos alcanzar.
Why should I buy a new car if this one still runs and is perfectly adequate for my needs?¿Por qué debería comprar un nuevo carro si este aún funciona y sirve perfectamente para mis necesidades?
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (enough)
a. suficiente
2. (satisfactory)
a. adecuado(a), apropiado(a)
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adequate [ˈædɪkwɪt]
1 (sufficient) [+funds] suficiente
an adequate supply of food suficientes alimentos; one teaspoonful should be adequate una cucharadita bastará or será suficiente; I didn't think the sentence was adequate la sentencia no me pareció correcta
to be adequate [for] sb
2 (satisfactory) [+diet] equilibrado; apropiado; [+income, standard] aceptable; [+housing, facilities] adecuado; apropiado
he failed to provide an adequate explanation for the delay no fue capaz de dar una explicación convincente de su retraso
the Church failed to give adequate answers to moral and social problems some interviwees then try to elaborate on what has generally been a perfectly adequate answer Banks usually apologise for these mistakes but they rarely offer adequate explanations my stepmother had a very adequate income to be/feel adequate [to] sth
is she the most adequate person to do it? ¿es la persona más adecuada or idónea para hacerlo?; there are no words adequate to express my gratitude no hay palabras que expresen adecuadamente mi gratitud
are transport systems adequate to deliver the supplies?
to be adequate for sb [+housing] ser adecuado para algn
my income is quite adequate for my needs mis ingresos cubren bien mis necesidades; this saw should be adequate for the job este serrucho valdrá para ese trabajo
this tool kit should be adequate for most household repair jobs
this typewriter is perfectly adequate esta máquina de escribir me sirve perfectamente
the rooms are simple but perfectly adequate my diet is perfectly adequate
to feel adequate to a task sentirse capacitado para una tarea
3 (passable) [+performance, essay] aceptable; pasable
the pay was adequate but hardly out of this world el sueldo era aceptable or pasable, pero desde luego, nada del otro mundo
her stories are adequate but not particularly exciting he's only an adequate musician their voices were no more than adequate
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