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adjective \ˈē-kwəl\

Simple Definition of equal

  • : 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. 1 a (1) :  of the same measure, quantity, amount, or number as another (2) :  identical in mathematical value or logical denotation :  equivalent b :  like in quality, nature, or status c :  like for each member of a group, class, or society <provide equal employment opportunities>

  2. 2 :  regarding or affecting all objects in the same way :  impartial

  3. 3 :  free from extremes: as a :  tranquil in mind or mood b :  not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion

  4. 4 a :  capable of meeting the requirements of a situation or a task b :  suitable <bored with work not equal to his abilities>

Examples of equal

  1. an equal number of apples and oranges

  2. We divided the profits into three equal shares.

  3. The play combines tragedy and comedy in equal measure.

  4. The opposing candidate has demanded equal time on television.

  5. The fractions {frac1 and {frac2 are equal.

  6. providing equal opportunities for children of all races

  7. We need to have equal academic standards for male and female students.

Origin of equal

Middle English, from Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of equal

same, selfsame, very, identical, equivalent, equal mean not different or not differing from one another. same may imply and selfsame always implies that the things under consideration are one thing and not two or more things <took the same route> <derived from the selfsame source>. very, like selfsame, may imply identity, or, like same, may imply likeness in kind <the very point I was trying to make>. identical may imply selfsameness or suggest absolute agreement in all details <identical results>. equivalent implies amounting to the same thing in worth or significance <two houses equivalent in market value>. equal implies being identical in value, magnitude, or some specified quality <equal shares in the business>.

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Simple Definition of equal

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

Full Definition of equal

  1. 1 :  one that is equal <insists that women can be absolute equals with men — Anne Bernays>

  2. 2 :  an equal quantity

Examples of equal

  1. I consider him my equal.

  2. We are all equals here.


First Known Use of equal


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Simple Definition of equal

  • —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)

Full Definition of equal

equaled or equalledequal·ing or equal·ling

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to be equal to; especially :  to be identical in value to

  3. 2 archaic :  equalize

  4. 3 :  to make or produce something equal to

Examples of equal

  1. Nothing can ever equal that experience.

  2. See if you can equal that!

  3. a weight lifter attempting to equal his rival's performance

  4. No one can equal him in chess.


First Known Use of equal


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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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