# equal

^{1}equal

*adjective*\ËˆÄ“-kwÉ™l\

: the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality

: having the same mathematical value

: not changing : the same for each person

## Full Definition of *EQUAL*

1

*a*

*(1)*

**:**Â of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another

*(2)*

**:**Â identical in mathematical value or logical denotation

**:**Â equivalent

*b*

**:**Â like in quality, nature, or status

*c*

**:**Â like for each member of a group, class, or society <provide

*equal*employment opportunities>

2

**:**Â regarding or affecting all objects in the same way

**:**Â impartial

3

**:**Â free from extremes: as

*a*

**:**Â tranquil in mind or mood

*b*

**:**Â not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion

4

*a*

**:**Â capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task

*b*

**:**Â suitable <bored with work not

*equal*to his abilities>

## Examples of *EQUAL*

- an
*equal*number of apples and oranges - We divided the profits into three
*equal*shares. - The play combines tragedy and comedy in
*equal*measure. - The opposing candidate has demanded
*equal*time on television. - The fractions {frac1 and {frac2 are
*equal*. - providing
*equal*opportunities for children of all races - We need to have
*equal*academic standards for male and female students.

## Origin of *EQUAL*

Middle English, from Latin

*aequalis,*from*aequus*level, equalFirst Known Use: 14th century

## Related to *EQUAL*

- Synonyms
- candid, disinterested, dispassionate, fair, equitable, evenhanded, impartial, indifferent, just, nonpartisan, objective, square, unbiased, unprejudiced

- Antonyms
- biased, ex parte, inequitable, nonobjective, one-sided, partial, parti pris, partisan, prejudiced, unjust

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## Rhymes with *EQUAL*

^{2}equal

*noun*

: someone or something that is as good, skillful, valuable, etc., as another person or thing

## Full Definition of *EQUAL*

1

**:**Â one that is equal <insists that women can be absolute

*equal*

*s*with men â€” Anne Bernays>

2

**:**Â an equal quantity

## Examples of *EQUAL*

- I consider him my
*equal*. - We are all
*equals*here.

## First Known Use of *EQUAL*

1573

## Related to *EQUAL*

- Synonyms
- coequal, compeer, coordinate, counterpart, equivalent, fellow, like, match, parallel, peer, rival

## Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms

^{3}equal

*verb*

—used to say that one amount or number is the same as another

: to be as good as (something else)

: to produce something that is as good as (something else) or to do something as well as (someone else)

**equaled**

*or*

**equalled**

**equal·ing**

*or*

**equal·ling**

## Full Definition of *EQUAL*

transitive verb

1

**:**Â to be equal to;

*especially*

**:**Â to be identical in value to

2

*archaic*

**:**Â equalize

3

**:**Â to make or produce something equal to

## Examples of *EQUAL*

- Nothing can ever
*equal*that experience. - See if you can
*equal*that! - a weight lifter attempting to
*equal*his rival's performance - No one can
*equal*him in chess.

## First Known Use of *EQUAL*

1590

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