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 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 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial
3 : free from extremes: as a : tranquil in mind or mood b : not showing variation in appearance, structure, or proportion
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 in a sentence
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 and Etymology of equal
Middle English, from Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of equal
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
equal
Simple Definition of equal

: someone or something that is as good, skillful, valuable, etc., as another person or thing
Full Definition of equal
1 : one that is equal <insists that women can be absolute equals with men — Anne Bernays>
2 : an equal quantity
Examples of equal in a sentence
I consider him my equal.
We are all equals here.
1573
First Known Use of equal
1573
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
equal
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)
Examples of equal in a sentence
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.
1590
First Known Use of equal
1590
Other Mathematics and Statistics Terms
EQUAL Defined for Kids
Definition of equal for Students
1 : exactly the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality <an equal share> <of equal importance>
2 : the same for each person <equal rights>
3 : having enough strength, ability, or means <He's equal to the task.>
equally
\ˈēkwəlē\ adverb <We shared the profit equally.>Definition of equal for Students
equaled
orequalled
equaling
orequalling
: to be the same in number, amount, degree, rank, or quality as
Definition of equal for Students
: someone or something that is as good or valuable as another
Law Dictionary
equal
Legal Definition of equal
1 : like in quality, nature, or status
2 : like for each member of a group, class, or society
3 : regarding or affecting all objects in the same way : impartial
Origin and Etymology of equal
Latin aequalis, from aequus level, equal
equal
Legal Definition of equal
: one that is equal
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